Alleged Kidnapping

Central Gippsland Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) detectives have charged a man following an investigation into historical sex assaults.

Alyssa Fritzlaff

LATROBE Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following an alleged
kidnapping of a Traralgon woman in Moe on Saturday.

The 40-year-old Morwell man has been charged with kidnapping; false imprisonment;
robbery; theft; common law assault; unlawful assault; drive whilst disqualified; contravene
a conduct condition of bail; commit indictable offence whilst on bail; dangerous driving while pursued by police; reckless conduct endangering life; handle stolen goods and traffic related offences.

It is alleged both parties are known to each other.

The man has been remanded and is set to appear at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court

Detectives are still keen to speak to the dog walkers who assisted the victim and anyone
else with dashcam footage of an Audi travelling through the Moe area, in particular on Albert Street about 11.45am on Saturday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit
a confidential crime report at


Man arrested in relation to Moe protest

LATROBE CIU detectives arrested a man in relation to a protest in Moe on Sunday, October

The protest was in breach of the chief health officer directions.

A 45-year-old man was interviewed and released pending further enquiries.

The investigation remains ongoing.


Firearm theft in Morwell

LATROBE CIU are appealing for public information about a firearm theft in Morwell on
October 2 or 3.

The theft allegedly occurred at a transport yard on Swan Rd.

Police believe the theft is a target incident.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage from Swan Rd on those dates, or have any information that could assist police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Aggravated burglary in Morwell

LATROBE CIU are investigating an alleged aggravated burglary at a property in Olive
Grove, Morwell.

The incident occurred on the evening of Tuesday, October 19.

People allegedly entered the property when there was one occupant inside.

Three people have been arrested and are assisting police with inquiries.


Safety message from Morwell Police

MORWELL Police are issuing a general safety message.

As restrictions lift, they ask the public to be safe, urging people to “drive safely … look after yourselves and don’t spoil this opportunity to get back together and reconnect with family and friends by undertaking dangerous behaviour”.


No charges laid against school staff member

THE Victorian Department of Education has confirmed it was aware of “serious allegations
against a staff member at a school” after police executed a warrant at a school near Traralgon last December.

A school staff member was interviewed by police, however, no charges were laid due to
insufficient evidence.

A spokesman said “it would be inappropriate for the department to comment further” as the police investigation was finalised.