A SEARCH warrant executed at a Foster address on Monday November 6, 2023 has resulted in a trio of Foster residents being arrested and charged with the theft of a windsurf board and associated parts from the Prom Community Op Shop in Main Street.
A Victoria Police spokesperson said images captured on closed circuit television security camera were used to identify the three people responsible for the removal of the board and accessories including booms and sails, from the Op Shop’s front yard.
The police spokesperson said that the camera recorded two women outside the Op Shop at about 3.30 am on Monday morning October 30, 2023.
One of the women was filmed climbing up and jumping over the fence enclosing the Op Shop’s yard and then passing several items enclosed in storage bags over the fence to her companion.
The police spokesman said the camera indicated that on Wednesday November 1, at about 3.50 am, one of the same two women returned to the Op Shop, this time accompanied by a man.
On this occasion, the woman again climbed the fence to gain entry to the Op Shop yard before passing a windsurf board and booms over to the man who had remained on the footpath outside the yard.
When the search warrant was executed at the Foster property four days later, Victoria Police officers located and seized a windsurf board, three sets of booms and five bags containing masts and sails.
Two Foster women, one aged 44 and the other aged 49, and one Foster man aged 50, were present at the property, and they were arrested and conveyed to the Foster Police Station where they were charged.
The three people were subsequently bailed to appear at the Korumburra Magistrates Court on Thursday January 25, 2024.
ROTARY Club train horn stolen
Foster Victoria Police officers are looking for the person or people who stole the horn from the Rotary Club of Foster’s much-loved train, damaging the roof of the train’s engine in the process.
A Foster Police spokesperson the five-pipe horn assembly was believed to have been removed from the train between Thursday and Friday November 2 and 3, 2023.
The police spokesperson said the train was parked at a property in Boundary Road in Foster and that, in addition to the horn, the train’s fire extinguisher had been taken, too.
“There is also clear evidence that the train’s ignition had been tampered with, in an attempt to start the motor,” the police spokesperson said.
“We know the Rotary train is a popular attraction and a good fundraiser at the Promontory Produce and Craft Markets,” they said.
“We are seeking assistance from the community to help solve this matter and would appreciate witnesses or anyone with information to come forward, either to the Foster Police Station or by contacting Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000 or www.crime
Car crash victim airlifted to hospital
A 34-year-old Foster woman was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital after a single vehicle accident on the Fish Creek-Foster Road at Hoddle shortly after midnight on Saturday November 4, 2023.
A Victoria Police spokesperson said the woman was driving towards Foster when her car veered off the road just east of the Mount Nicoll Road intersection and struck a tree on the verge of the right-hand lane or north-eastern side of the road.
The police spokesperson said that a tow truck was required to move the car back from the tree so that Fish Creek and District Country Fire Authority (CFA) Fire and Rescue Brigade members could work to free the woman from the wreckage.
The Fish Creek CFA later described the rescue process on their Facebook page as “an extremely complicated extrication at a road accident” and that “thankfully the occupant had minor injuries”, while her car was seriously damaged in the crash.
Fish Creek CFA was assisted at the accident scene by neighbouring CFA brigades, including Foster, Yanakie, Meeniyan/Stony Creek and Toora.
The woman was treated at the scene by Ambulance Victoria officers, then conveyed by road ambulance to Foster where she was transferred to Melbourne by helicopter.
A lot of damage for not much gain”.
Victoria Police Wonthaggi Crime Investigation Unit detectives are continuing their inquiries into a break-in at the Fish Creek Football Netball Club’s storage shed, cricket room and canteen on Wednesday November 1, 2023.
This separate incident occurred three days before the main Fish Creek clubrooms building was destroyed by fire on Saturday November 4, 2023.
Wonthaggi Police Detective Leading Senior Constable Peter Johnston said locked roller doors on the storage shed, cricket room and canteen had been “jemmied up”.
Both the canteen and the cricket room were also forced open and packaged soft and alcoholic drinks were stolen.
“The person or people responsible for these actions caused a lot of damage for not all that much gain,” DLSC Johnston said.
“This is a work in progress, and we would welcome any information about this matter and about any other incident that members of the local and broader community may have.”
Fish Creek Football Netball Club co-president Ray Stefani said one of the storage shed’s compartments contained seats and “other bits and pieces”, and that the building serves as rooms for the home and away teams and the scorer during netball matches.
“The people who did this have wrecked five roller doors,” he said.
“The amount of damage that has been caused will now cost the club between $10,000 and $12,000 to fix.”
Contact Wonthaggi Police Station on 5671 4100 or submit a confidential report to Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppers.vic.
Dog rescued from Wonga ravine
A call for help on Sunday afternoon November 5, 2023 resulted in several South Gippsland emergency services turning out to assist a 70-year-old Wonga man rescue his much-loved pet dog from a ravine.
The multi-agency response saw Victoria Police based at Meeniyan, Ambulance Victoria, Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades from Foster and Toora, and the Victoria State Emergency Services (VICSES) Leongatha Unit arrive at a property in Bakers Road at Wonga.
A Victoria Police spokesperson said the initial report received about the man’s situation indicated that a high-angle rescue would be required and that he may have been affected by immersion in cold creek water.
However, when emergency services arrived, it was discovered that the man had been attempting to retrieve his dog from the bottom of a deep ravine and had actually managed to extricate himself but not his pet.
A blanket was used to lift the dog up and out of what was described as “extremely steep terrain”.
Burglaries at Meeniyan
Victoria Police are investigating reports of two burglaries in Meeniyan that took place in the early hours of Saturday November 4, 2023.
Police officers believe that offenders forced entry to a supermarket on Whitelaw Street at about 4.30 am.
The thieves stole alcohol before fleeing.
Police are investigating whether the incident is linked to another burglary that occurred at a sporting club at the Meeniyan Recreational Reserve, where alcohol and food were stolen.
This incident is believed to have also occurred during the course of the same night. The investigation is ongoing.