Car thefts a problem


THEFTS from cars continue to be a problem in Patterson Lakes and Chelsea Heights. In several instances, cars parked outside their owners’ homes at Patterson Lakes were broken into and glove boxes and centre consoles rifled through, Saturday 8 July.

A 2010 Hyundai sedan had its driver’s side window smashed when parked in Palm Beach Drive, but nothing was stolen, 11pm. Later, thieves smashed the side window of a 2015 Mercedes and stole a woman’s handbag containing personal items. At 1.50am next day, a resident of Harbour Drive looked out the window and saw a dark-coloured car idling next to her car parked in the street, with the occupant shining a torch into her car. The resident turned on a security light and the car drove off. There is no further description of the offender.

In Chelsea Heights, a thief smashed the driver’s side window of a silver Mazda parked in the driveway of a Fourth Av house and stole a phone charger and cable, 11pm, Saturday 8 July. The front passenger window of a Mitsubishi Outlander parked outside a house in Amron St was smashed, 1.30am, Sunday 9 July, and a bag containing cash and credit cards stolen. The credit card was later used at McDonald’s, Chelsea Heights.

Detectives are examining links between the incidents.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 12 July 2017

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