Thieves disrupt Morwell shoppers

Morwell Coles was closed for several hours after three men broke into the store and stole a large amount of cash early Friday morning.

The cash was stolen from the self-serve registers during the incident which took place about 1.45am.

Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Simon Ross said the men wore “balaclavas or beanies” during the burglary. “Their builds appear to be stocky,” Sergeant Ross said this morning.

“On review of CCTV footage it appears three males whose faces are covered by balaclavas or beanies, used tools to enter the store, target the self-serve checkouts … and they were in there for less than 10 minutes.

“They arrived in what appears to be a white SUV, pulling into the car park, before leaving the car park a short time later.”

Anyone with information is asked to phone Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit on 5131 5000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Motorcyclist’s double trouble

State Highway Patrol officers were left stunned after nabbing a motorcyclist at almost double the speed limit in Traralgon West on Thursday, October 18.

Officers detected the bike allegedly travelling at 158km/h in an 80km/h zone on Old Melbourne Road just after 2pm.

The probationary rider, a 31-year-old man from Seaton, was intercepted and his bike was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1143.

He is expected to be charged on summons with speeding-related offences.

A short time later, officers detected an allegedly unregistered vehicle travelling along Bridle Road, Morwell.

Police intercepted the car about 3.30pm and spoke to the probationary driver, a 37-year-old woman, who was also unlicensed and had two passengers in the car.

She underwent a preliminary drug test and allegedly tested positive to ice.

Her vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1291.

The Morwell woman is expected to be charged on summons with drug driving and other driving-related offences.

Witnesses sought

Police are calling for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while walking his bike across Switchback Road in Churchill at about 8am on Friday.

The boy sustained some grazes to the chest and leg but was not seriously injured.

Police would like to speak to the driver of the vehicle to ascertain what happened, however, are not looking at charging anyone at this point.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Churchill police station on 5122 1790 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.