SEARCHES conducted by Victoria Police officers from the Bass Coast Crime Investigation Unit at Wonthaggi and from the Foster and Yarram stations have resulted in two men being charged with burglary.
The team of eight police executed multiple search warrants on Wednesday February 15, 2023 and located a significant amount of stolen property at a Jack River address, including a Toyota Hilux utility, a trailer, power tools and chainsaws.
A 30-year-old male was arrested at the scene and a 33-year-old male was arrested in nearby bushland a short time later.
Bass Coast CIU Detective Sergeant Leigh Cole said all of the recovered items are linked to a series of burglaries that have occurred in the South Gippsland area during the past month.
“The combined value of these items would be somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars,” he said.
“We believe the majority had been taken from properties in the Toora, Toora North and Welshpool areas during a series of burglaries carried out in recent weeks.
“Police have pretty much identified most of the items, and have been contacting the owners,” Det./Sgt Cole said.
“Taking part in last Wednesday’s successful operation were four officers from Bass Coast CIU, with two Uniform Branch members from Foster and two from Yarram,” he said.
“Other burglaries that have occurred in the Corner Inlet district during the past few weeks are still under police investigation.”
The two men who were arrested at Jack River were charged with a number of counts of burglary and were bailed to appear at the Korumburra Magistrates’ Court in June.