Crime spree shuts down college

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A FRANKSTON man was allegedly involved in a crime spree over five suburbs on Thursday (4 August) which forced Wantirna College into lock-down.

He is among four people charged by Eastern Region Crime Squad detectives following alleged offences at Mitcham, Blackburn, Park Orchards, Officer and Clayton.

Operation Cosmas detectives allege three victims were robbed in Arnott St, Clayton, about 12.20am. A Ford sedan was later allegedly stolen from a house in Fairwood Rise, Officer, during an alleged aggravated burglary, 6.30am.

Police allege the offenders committed aggravated burglaries at Alva Av, Park Orchards, 7.55am, and Almondsbury Ct, Blackburn, 9.50am. The men are alleged to have committed another burglary at Creek Rd, Mitcham, 9am.

Box Hill Embona detectives arrested three 18-year-olds, one from Frankston and the others from Pakenham and Dandenong North, and a Springvale South boy, 16, on Thursday afternoon.

Detective Acting Sergeant Warren Atkinson, of Box Hill Embona, said they appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday and were further remanded to appear at a later date, on charges of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, robbery and other offences.

A 16-year-old Springvale South boy has been further remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date on the same charges.

Police say they have escalated their response to aggravated burglaries and carjackings across the state through Operation Cosmas.

Since the operation began there have been more than 120 arrests.

First published in the Frankston Times – 8 August 2016

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