Unconfirmed sighting of crime duo

POLICE deployed resources to Sale following reports that a fugitive father and son were sighted in the area.

Information on Saturday indicated 58-year-old Gino Stocco, son Mark, 35, and their white Toyota Landcruiser were possibly in the Sale area about midday. These sightings are unconfirmed, however police believe this is a possibility.

About 9pm that night, the Stoccos were seen stealing fuel from a service station south of Gundagai, New South Wales.

Investigators have released CCTV footage of the men and the vehicle when sighted at Bairnsdale last Wednesday.

According to police, the Landcruiser on Saturday night had its rear tray covered in a grey tarp, while the vehicle was also fitted with a distinctive white bull bar, white rims and a black snorkel at the front of the vehicle on the driver’s side.

Police believed they still have the four sets of number plates in their possession: ZUE632 Victorian (blue and white); YHS 085 Victorian (blue and white); S415AZL South Australian (black and white); and BV70WP NSW (yellow and black).

Police from three states have been searching for the two men since 2007.

They have allegedly stolen from, vandalised and trashed family properties across NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

Police have advised people not to approach the men as they are considered armed and dangerous.

People sighting the men or the vehicle should phone 000. People with any other information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.