Heyfield arsonist strikes

POLICE are investigating the torching of road machinery near Heyfield at the weekend, which destroyed a 7.5 tonne road surface roller believed to be worth more than $100,000.

The destruction of the machinery was one of three incidents of arson around Heyfield at the weekend, with another two deliberately lit grass fires also reported to police.

The roller, which had been left over the weekend at a road works plant on McEvoy’s Track, between Seaton and Walhalla, was set alight some time on Saturday. The fire completely destroyed the machine.

Police are also investigating the two grass fires, which police stated shared similar circumstances.

While the fires didn’t take hold due to wet conditions, police are concerned since they were close to residential areas.

The fires were lit a day apart, with one being lit near the Heyfield transfer station on Golf Course Rd on Saturday, and the other on Riverview Rd on Sunday.

While police are treating the grass fires as possibly being related, police are yet unable to draw any connections between the grass fires and the destruction of the road machinery.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity relating to the arson cases is urged to phone either Heyfield police on 5148 2202 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.