Police Beat: June 2024

Wellington Highway Patrol has impounded 48 vehicles this year, including this one that was allegedly purchased and operated by an unlicenced driver.

Police Beat – June 2024

Rosedale vehicle thefts

Rosedale Police are appealing to the public for information on thefts from motor vehicles that occurred between 2am and 5am on Monday, June 24 in the vicinity of Albert, Duke, Queen and King Streets, Rosedale.

Police ask any residents in those areas with CCTV to please check your cameras and contact the Rosedale Police on 5199 2222 if anything of interest is located.

This is also a timely reminder to ensure that residents lock their vehicles and remove any valuables from inside the vehicle.

On Sunday May 19, police detected a vehicle on the Rosedale-Maffra Road at a speed greater than 45km/h over the limit. Photos: Victoria Police

Animal medication stolen in Maffra

Police are investigating after medication was allegedly stolen from a vehicle outside a veterinary clinic in Maffra on Monday, June 10.

An on-call vet was restocking the vehicle at a business on Johnson Street about 6.20pm.

The staff member has returned to the vehicles and saw an unknown male walking away holding something and then noticed the latches on the vehicles canopy were open.

She inspected the vehicle and noticed some of the medication had been stolen.

Police have concerns regarding this theft as some of the medication, meant for animals, could be potentially fatal if used by humans.

The man is described as tall and had a black face mask and grey hoodie on.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has CCTV/dashcam footage or information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at: crimestoppers.com.au


Unlicenced driver’s vehicle impounded

On June 19, Wellington Highway Patrol received confidential information that a car had recently been purchased by a person who is currently not licensed to drive.

On June 20 around 11.30am, Wellington Highway Patrol members observed the reported car being driven and intercepted it. Police say the driver was found to be unlicensed and checks revealed that the driver had been unlicensed for quite some time.

The driver was then required to undergo a breath test being in charge of a vehicle, due to the unlicenced status of the driver the limit is 0. The breath test returned a positive result for alcohol.

The vehicle was impounded for a period of 30 days at a cost of $1320, the driver may be summonsed to attend court at a later date for traffic offences.

Including this vehicle, Wellington Highway Patrol have impounded 48 vehicles this year and will continue to find drivers that shouldn’t be driving, and possibly impound their cars as a result of their actions.

Police say if you know someone who shouldn’t be driving, call the Wellington Highway Patrol at the Sale Police Station on 5142 2200.

Wellington Highway Patrol has impounded 48 vehicles this year, including this one that was allegedly purchased and operated by an unlicenced driver.

Positive breath test and mobile use

On June 15 around 1.05am, police observed a vehicle travelling south on Guthridge Parade in Sale.

The female driver was observed by police looking down at her mobile phone and weaving from side to side in her lane.

Police intercepted the vehicle and the driver returned a positive breath test to alcohol.

The driver was transported to the Sale Police Station, where she completed an evidentiary breath test, which returned an alleged reading which was over three times the legal limit.

The drivers vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $995, and the driver had her licence suspended immediately for 12 months.

The driver will be summonsed to court at a later date.

This vehicle was impounded on June 15 on Guthridge Parade in Sale after the driver allegedly returned a positive breath test.


Calhan is missing

The 15-year-old was last seen in Bairnsdale on May 30.

Police have concerns for Calhan’s welfare due to his age and the length of time he’s been missing.

Calhan is believed to frequent Phillip Island and Lillydale areas. Anyone with information on his current whereabouts is urged to contact Bairnsdale Police Station on (03) 5150 2600.

15-year-old Calhan was last seen in Bairnsdale on May 30.

Looking for witnesses

On Tuesday, May 21, at approximately 3.10pm, a collision occurred in Sale between two vehicles at the roundabout at the Raglan Street and York St intersection.

The offending vehicle is alleged to have run into the rear of the victim’s vehicle, before accelerating away from the scene without making any attempt to stop, leaving the victim’s car with significant rear end damage.

Any witnesses that saw the incident or have dashcam footage of the area at that time, are urged to contact Senior Constable Benson at the Sale Police Station on (03) 51422 200.

Police provided no description of the vehicle.

Speeding on Rosedale-Maffra Road

In the early hours of Sunday, May 19, Sale Police detected a vehicle travelling south bound on the Rosedale-Maffra road at a speed greater than 45km/h over the posted speed limit.

As a result the vehicle was intercepted and impounded for a period of 30 days at a cost of $1333 to the driver. He will be summonsed to attend court at a later date.

Erratic driving

Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed or have any dashcam footage from May 21, between the hours of 8am – 9.15am, involving a motorcycle being ridden erratically and at speed on the Princes Hwy between Bairnsdale and Sale.

The bike in question was displaying the registration of 2M7ZO and was a black Yamaha bike. The bike was subsequently involved in a collision with a vehicle on the highway at Montgomery around 9.15am that morning.

If you have any information, phone Briagolong Police Station on 5145 5213, or Crime Stoppers.

Call for witnesses or dashcam

On Friday, May 21 at approximately 2pm, police allege an unknown vehicle has exited the intersection of Bengworden Road and Princes Highway in Sale and collided with another vehicle travelling south along the Princes Hwy. The unknown vehicle allegedly left the scene without stopping and providing assistance or exchanging details.

If you observed the collision or have any dash cam footage, contact Constable Tegan Adams at Sale Police 5142 2200, or Crime Stoppers.

Bairnsdale Police scam

Bairnsdale Police are warning residents to be wary following reports of a scam where a person or persons are impersonating authorities.

It’s understood members of the public are receiving a phone call which displays the number for Bairnsdale Police Station and the person is asking the member of the public to confirm their personal details.

If you receive a phone call requesting personal information from a person representing themselves from a law enforcement or government agency:

• Request a reference number and call back the station to confirm via a publicly listed number, and;

• Do not respond to the request and hang up.

The matter is currently being investigated.

Anyone with information about crime can also confidentially report this to Crime Stoppers.