A spate of thefts in the last two weeks has left Yarrawonga police calling for people to be alert, not alarmed.By Fiona Blick
In the most recent break-in a man described as having a medium to slim build and approximately 180cm tall entered the Sandra Heaney Optometrist store in Piper Street in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.
“It appears the man has broken the front glass door to gain entry to the store,” Detective Sergeant Marcus Boyd said.
“CCTV footage shows the man was wearing a dark coloured hoodie and track pants with stripes; his clothes were bearing the Adidas brand.
Det-Sgt Boyd said several racks of designer sunglasses and prescription eyewear valued at more than $15,000 were stolen in the break-in.
“The glasses were Maui Jim and Oroton brands,” he said.
This break-in comes on the back of the armed robbery at the Caltex Service Station on Benalla Road on September 4.
Det-Sgt Boyd said the male attendant was in the process of closing for the night when he when was confronted by a heavily disguised man, brandishing a large boning knife in his left hand.
Police units from Yarrawonga, Rutherglen, Katamatite and surrounding areas searched in the vicinity of the service station for the man immediately following the crime to no avail.
Det-Sgt Boyd said he did not believe these two incidents were related at this stage.
“But we are keeping an open mind,” he said.
“We are not discounting the possibility but we are not linking the two together either.”
A Pinniger Street residence was also broken into last week in a brazen daylight robbery.
Det-Snr-Cst Matt Prestage from Cobram CIU said the thieves gained access to the house by breaking through a sliding door after first trying a window.
He said approximately $1,200 cash was stolen and the elderly owner of the residence believes some jewellery had been stolen as well.
“We are following a number of lines of enquiry, but as is always the case, the public are our greatest allies when trying to solve these kinds of crimes,” Det-Snr-Cst Prestage said.
If you have any information on these incidents or the identity of the offenders please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, Cobram CIU on 5871 2866 or Yarrawonga Police on 5744 3641.
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