Local pair charged following bottle shop thefts

WELLINGTON Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged two local men following a series of alleged thefts from bottle shops in Melbourne.

The alleged thefts occurred at bottle shops in Glen Waverley, Oakleigh, Mulgrave, Doncaster East, Doveton, Oakleigh South, Kew and South Morang in April, June and July.

A 28-year-old Heyfield man has been charged with five counts of burglary, five counts of theft and criminal damage.

A 43-year-old Maffra man has been charged with seven counts of burglary, seven counts of theft, threats to kill, handle stolen goods and criminal damage.

Both men are expected to face Latrobe Magistrates’ Court later today.