Crime ring busted

August 15, 2017

A burnt out car discovered in east Yarrawonga has provided the link needed for police to recover tools worth thousands of dollars, a stolen high-end vehicle and a large quantity of illegal drugs.

Police executed warrants at a Zorro Drive, Yarrawonga address on Monday afternoon bringing to an end months of investigation into a series of local thefts.

Recovered at the scene was an array of tradesman’s tools, a quantity of cash and an amount of methamphetamine, also known as ice.

Detective Sen-Constable Jason Williams from Cobram said the seizure was the result of an ongoing investigation involving Cobram, Euroa and Seymour Police.

During the course of the investigation police had noted the attempted sale of suspected stolen items online earlier this year.

“The investigation came to a head after the stolen vehicle was burnt out near Botts Road on Friday night,” he said.

“The thefts have probably been going on for six months and what we have uncovered is what they have not moved on or what has been recently stolen.”

A gold-coloured 2001 Holden Commodore Station Wagon was extensively damaged by fire and found on Channel Road, near to Botts Road, Yarrawonga, after recently being stolen from Euroa.

Examination of the burnt out vehicle helped police piece together their investigation and led to the Yarrawonga warrants being executed on Monday at 4.45pm.

Along with the stolen tools, police also recovered a large amount of cash and a concerning quantity of methamphetamine or ice.

Detective Sen-Constable Williams estimated the items uncovered at the Zorro Drive address were valued around $10,000.

He said it was satisfying to know that police had managed to disrupt the likely distribution of the illicit drug, preventing it from hitting local streets.

Police also planned to seize a $50,000 Holden Club Sport from a storage facility in Mulwala in relation to the investigation.

Are the tools yours?

If you suspect any of the items recovered by police may be yours please contact Cobram CIU on 0358 712 866.

Police are expecting items will be available for inspection in coming days.

*A Yarrawonga man, aged 34, has been charged with dealing with the proceeds of crime, theft from a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods and committing an offence while on bail.

He has been bailed to appear in Cobram Magistrates Court on August 23.

A second Yarrawonga man, aged 28, was charged with two counts of dealing with the proceeds of crime, possessing a trafficable amount of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of ecstasy, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, criminal damage by fire and two counts of handling stolen goods.

He was bailed to appear in Cobram Magistrates Court on November 1.

A Yarrawonga woman, aged 19, was charged with possession of a trafficable amount of methamphetamine, trafficking a drug of dependence, possession of ecstasy and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

The woman was bailed to appear in Cobram Magistrates Court on November 1.

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