Charges laid over thefts

A 15 year-old Sale girl and an 18 year-old Morwell woman have been arrested and charged in relation to a series of thefts from cars and burglaries from sheds.

More than 15 cars and sheds in Morwell and Sale were targeted in the spree.

It is alleged the girl and woman stole money and other items including an internet modem, chainsaw, wallet and bank cards.

They were charged with several counts of theft from motor vehicle and burglary and will face the Morwell Children’s Court and Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court, respectively, in July.

Youth admits to lighting fires

Traralgon police have interviewed a 13 year-old boy who admitted to lighting fires using a can of deodorant and a lighter.

Police said the boy set various areas alight in a yard, in grass and a wooden storage shed. One side of the storage shed was burnt causing significant damage to the timber frame and side paling fence, police said. Police said the boy will be referred to the Juvenile Fire Awareness Course run by local CFA members.

Traralgon car park fire

Latrobe Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating a fire which occurred in the toilet of the multi-storey car park in Hotham Street, Traralgon just after 5pm last Thursday.

Police said the person who reported the fire went to investigate the source of the smoke in the car park when a man allegedly stopped him from entering the area.

The CFA and police attended however the fire had been extinguished before they had arrived.

Police wish to speak to the other man who was present at the time.

He was described as being 180cms tall, 130 kilograms, with messy grey hair and may have had a ‘lazy’ eye.

The man was wearing a blue polo shirt and cream coloured pants. Police also wish to speak to anyone who witnessed smoke coming from the cubical or any suspicious activity around the toilet.

Police ask anyone with information to phone Latrobe CIU on 5131 5000 Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report via

Homemade firearm located

Traralgon police were called to an address in Campbell Street, Traralgon last Thursday where a resident had located a homemade firearm in a pile of rubbish in the street.

Police have taken possession of the item when it was observed that there appeared to be a live round in the barrel.

The Bomb Response Unit was contacted and was involved in making the item safe.

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Male assaulted in laneway

Last Thursday a 38 year-old man was approached by a man and woman at the rear of the old Moe courthouse on Obrien Lane about 5pm.

The man and woman allegedly produced a knife and demanded the 38 year-old’s wallet.

He was then set upon and assaulted which resulted in him seeking medical attention at West Gippsland Hospital.

He received facial injuries and will require ongoing medical attention.

Police said a man driving a four-wheel-drive utility witnessed the incident, intervened and scared the two people off.

Latrobe Criminal Investigation Unit is seeking to speak to him and any other witnesses to the incident.

Police ask anyone with information to phone Latrobe CIU on 5131 5000 Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report via

Woman charged with car-jacking, assaults

Latrobe Criminal Investigation Unit has charged a 37 year-old woman in relation to an alleged car-jacking and associated assaults which occurred about 7.30am yesterday.

Police said the woman attended an address on Latrobe Road in Morwell and spoke to a man where she allegedly made a demand for the keys to his vehicle.

The man was allegedly assaulted and the woman stole his car, police said.

She was arrested a short time later after another incident at Helen Street in Morwell where the alleged stolen car was recovered.

The woman will face Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court this morning.