Two people have been charged with stealing $500,000 worth of power tools from unsuspecting traders in Melbourne’s southeast.
Two people have been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $500,000 worth of power tools and other high-end items in southeast Melbourne.
The reported incident comes after police launched an investigation into several thefts from vehicles and trailers over the past three months.
A 33-year-old man from Cranbourne and a 28-year-old woman from Cranbourne were arrested on Tuesday.
Police seized more than 100 power and hand tools, golf clubs, a bicycle and high-end clothing.
It is alleged that the couple opportunistically targeted trailers and unlocked cars parked at commercial sites and malls in several suburbs.
Both have been charged with nearly 50 theft-related counts, including handling stolen property, stealing equipment, theft and committing an indictable offense while out on bail. .
They were remanded to Dandenong Magistrate’s Court on June 28, 2022.
Detective Sergeant David Measham said the robberies were expected to cause significant pain and inconvenience to those targeted.
“Theft can sometimes seem like a victimless crime, but the financial pain and burden on victims can outlast any physical damage caused,” he said.
“We have absolutely no qualms about tracking down and arresting anyone who targets the trading industry.”
“Police never want to see anyone’s livelihood impacted by preventable crime and we are asking all members of our community to please lock your cars and help stop opportunistic thieves in their momentum.”
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.