Arrests made after Traralgon crime spree

Alyssa Fritzlaff

A STRING of armed robberies, aggravated car jackings and aggravated burglaries in Traralgon came to an end at approximately 9.00am on Thursday, November 18.

A 22-year-old Traralgon man and a 17-yearold Traralgon girl, were arrested by police and specialist units after they allegedly crashed a stolen silver Hyundai Genesis on Princes Highway.

The girl was arrested at the scene and the man attempted to flee, police chased him down, then deployed and activated their tasers.

The first robbery allegedly occurred at Grammar Drive, Traralgon on November 15 at 9.11pm.

A woman was getting into her car when another vehicle pull up alongside her.

A man exited the vehicle entered the woman’s car and attempted to grab her handbag.

The man was armed with a firearm.

At 11.55pm on November 17, a man was using an ANZ ATM on Hotham Street, Traralgon.

Upon returning to his car the man was approached by a man with a firearm and a scuffle began.

A blue hatchback is believed to have been witness to the incident, after CCTV was viewed by police.

On Wednesday, November 17 at 2.29am at Cassandra Drive, Traralgon a female pulled into her driveway when another car pulled up and a male and female exited the vehicle.

The male produced a single barrel gun and threated the victim to hang over her handbag.

The male and female left the scene with the handbag.

On Thursday, November 18 at 4.48am on St Georges Road, Traralgon, the pair gained access to a garage and stole a silver Hyundai Genesis.

The occupants were at home at the time of the threat and were not threatened.

Investigators are urging anyone who may have seen a white Toyota Hilux, black Ford Ranger or a silver Hyundai Genesis acting suspiciously during the last few days in the Traralgon or Morwell areas to contact police.

Anyone with dashcam footage or who may have seen the vehicles can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Gun safe theft

A GUN safe was allegedly stolen from an address on Marshall Road, Traralgon on Saturday, November 13.

The unknown people removed the gun safe, which contained the three firearms, and took it with them.

One gun was a 12 gauge shot gun, which is an antique, and two rifles.

It is estimated that the incident occurred between 11am and the time police were called at 2.45pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Latrobe CIU on 5131 5000.

 

Alleged assault

AN assault allegedly occurred at a property at Auchterlonie Crescent Churchill on Thursday, November 4 at 12.20am.

Three men, aged 40, 35 and 25 years were walking past the home and disturbed resident dogs.

There were two people home at the time, a 67-year-old man and his son.

The 67-year-old man exited the home, followed by his son, who was then allegedly assaulted.

One man was arrested and charged, while two fled on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Morwell Police Station on 5131 5000.

 

Neighbour dispute

A FIREARM was produced during a neighbourhood dispute on Livingstone St Morwell on Monday, November 15 at 9.35pm.

A verbal dispute began between a 67-year-old woman, her son, and three neighbours, a 42-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman.

The verbal dispute turned into a physical confrontation, and the 49-year-old woman allegedly assaulted the 67-year-old woman.

One of the males allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old boy.

One of the men then allegedly produced a firearm and threatened to shoot the woman and boy.

The pair retreated inside their home and called the police.

When police arrived at the scene one of the men and the woman had fled, only one man remained.

Anyone will information can contract First Constable Thomas at Morwell Police Station, on 5131 5000.