Police are hoping someone may have seen a dusty, yellow HJ or H2 six-cylinder Holden ute near the McMillan Rd business on New Year's Day.January 8, 2014 4:33am
Police believe more than one offender may have helped steal a potentially dangerous gas cylinder from an Echuca business last week.
The 68kg phosphine gas cylinder was stolen sometime between 5pm on New Year’s Eve and 8am January 2 from a business on McMillan Rd.
Sergeant Kevin Jensen of Echuca police said it was likely more than one offender was involved.
‘‘Unknown offenders cut a chain and gained access to a restricted area with six cylinders and stole one,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a large cylinder and it’s possible there was more than one offender if they’ve had to carry it.’’
Phosphine gas is used to kill insects in stored grain and is flammable, toxic and potentially lethal.
‘‘It’s denser than air, can form explosive mixtures and can self ignite,’’ Sgt Jensen said.
He said the colourless gas had a distinctive smell.
‘‘They’ve added a garlic additive to this gas,’’ he said.
‘‘It can be absorbed into the body via inhalation, it’s a toxic gas and it can cause death.’’
Asked why anyone would want to steal such gas, Sgt Jensen said it was probably someone who knew what they were doing.
Sgt Jensen said a yellow Holden ute had been spotted driving slowly in the area about 11pm on New Year’s Day.
‘‘The vehicle was described as a dusty, yellow HJ or H2 six-cylinder Holden,’’ he said.
Anyone with information should contact Echuca police station on 5482
Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in Shepparton, with one person in custody.
Perfect weather forecasted this weekend will please the many boating enthusiasts registered for the inaugural Lake Mulwala Boat Muster to be held on Saturday.
The ‘‘Corner Store’’, ‘‘The Glasshouse’’, or whatever other name it has been called it over the years, is now called ‘‘Mel’s Take Away’’.
Former Mathoura postmaster Steven Clark will be considered for parole on March 20.
Rochester Mural Festival’s inaugural event will see nine artists pick up paint brushes and each attempt to fill 10 square metres of wall space in a week.
Historic building in Kyabram breaks expected sale price
Two local teenagers have formally apologised to the Finley community for destroying 14 trees in Finley's Railway Park.
St Mary’s Catholic Church in Heathcote has undergone extensive roof repairs due to increasing water damage.
Staff and volunteers from tourism information centres from around Moira Shire were shown what was on offer in their own backyard on Wednesday, becoming tourists for the day.
An expert from a Canberra observatory has told the Pastoral Times this morning's tremors were caused by four meteors.
If consumer habits don’t change, there soon won’t be any fresh Australian fresh produce, Shepparton grower John Dimitropoulos said.
Betty Summer walks 6 kms in a round trip, three times a week to go to the gym. She hates people asking her age, but couldn't keep it secret when she hit the big nine-oh.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.