POLICE BEAT with Zaida Glibanovic


Attempted kidnapping on busy Traralgon street

LATROBE Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating an attempted kidnapping in Traralgon last Thursday (March 21).

Officers were told a man approached a woman and her toddler at the intersection of Alamein Lane and Graham Crescent at around 9.30am.

It is understood the man picked up the one-year-old girl, who was holding her mother’s hand, before the woman kicked him.

The man let go of the toddler and fled the scene on foot eastbound on Graham Crescent.

Police attended the scene and patrolled the area for the man, who was not located.

The man is described as Caucasian, between 40 and 50-years-old, with a tanned complexion.

He was wearing a brown and white beanie, a black, grey and blue shirt and dark coloured pants.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dashcam/CCTV footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or file a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au


Drugs and weapons seized in operation targeting antisocial behaviour

DRUGS and weapons have been seized and a number of people have been arrested as Police conducted a major operation across Moe, Morwell and Traralgon last week.

Operation PADD Street saw Latrobe Valley Uniform Officers, with assistance from the Dog Squad, target antisocial behaviour in local CBDs, shopping centres and transport hubs in the area between Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19.

Busted: Drugs and weapons have been seized and a number of people have been arrested as Police conducted a major operation across Moe, Morwell and Traralgon last week. Photograph supplied

During the course of the operation, Police conducted a number of searches and detected a number of offences, including weapons, drugs, traffic, and behaviour offences.

Throughout the operation, Police seized an amount of cannabis and three knives, issued one caution, arrested four people who were wanted on outstanding warrants and issued seven penalty infringement notices. Officers also impounded two vehicles.

Police will continue targeting antisocial behaviour and offending in public spaces.

Anyone with information about antisocial behaviour is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to crimestoppersvic.com.au


Charge over cyclist death

MAJOR Collision Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following a fatal collision in Glengarry on February, 26.

It is alleged a cyclist was struck by a car on Bassetts Road at around 11am.

The cyclist, a 76-year-old Traralgon man, was airlifted to hospital but later died.

A 43-year-old Glengarry man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, driving in a dangerous manner, careless driving and driver touching a portable device.

He has been bailed to appear at Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 18.


Man charged following aggravated burglaries in Traralgon

POLICE have arrested a man in relation to two alleged aggravated burglaries in Traralgon on Monday, March 18.

It’s alleged the man entered a home on Whitakers Road, about 2.45pm.

Nothing was stolen, and the male allegedly fled the scene when he was disturbed by a resident of the address.

Police will also allege the man followed a teenager home to a residence on Shakespeare Street, at about 3.40pm.

It is believed the man allegedly waited near the address, before gaining entry to the property later on in the evening when no one was home.

The male allegedly stole a battery charger, before fleeing the scene.

Police arrested a 42-year-old Traralgon man, and he has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft and stalking.

He has been bailed to appear in Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court on May 15.