AL­LEGED STOLEN BUS PARTS AC­TIV­ITY IN­VES­TI­GATED BY PO­LICE

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AS CON­FIRMED BY VIC­TO­RIA PO­LICE, there is an in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der way fol­low­ing “re­ports of a se­ries of thefts and de­cep­tions at a trans­port com­pany in Mel­bourne”, with Mel­bourne bus com­pany Trans­dev con­ced­ing it’s had to “ter­mi­nate a staff mem­ber re­cently who se­ri­ously breached our code of con­duct,” ABC mag­a­zine can ver­ify.

The state­ments by both en­ti­ties – which they out­lined would be “in­ap­pro­pri­ate at this time to dis­cuss fur­ther” – comes fol­low­ing a re­port by The Age news­pa­per that “po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether a man­ager at a ma­jor bus com­pany was for five years se­cretly sell­ing spare bus parts for a profit.”

Ac­cord­ing to The Age’s re­port, a work­shop man­ager at the Keys­bor­ough and Heather­ton de­pots of Trans­dev was sacked “af­ter the in­ter­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion de­tected po­ten­tial theft and re­ferred the man to po­lice.

“Un­der the scheme, the man­ager al­legedly or­dered sur­plus spare bus parts for the com­pany and pri­vately sold them on, pock­et­ing the cash,” the re­port stated.

“Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­ci­dents that al­legedly took place at lo­ca­tions across Mel­bourne be­tween 2013 and 2018. It is un­der­stood that an­other two em­ploy­ees are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Trans­dev in re­la­tion to the al­leged scheme, in­clud­ing one per­son who has been stood down,” the news­pa­per re­ported.

IN­VES­TI­GA­TION ON­GO­ING

When ABC mag­a­zine con­tacted VicPol, a spokesper­son in its Me­dia Unit con­firmed the re­port stat­ing: “[Vic­to­ria] Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of a se­ries of thefts and de­cep­tions at a trans­port com­pany in Mel­bourne. The in­ci­dents al­legedly took place at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Mel­bourne, be­tween 2013 and 2018, and were re­ported to po­lice last Wed­nes­day (12 Septem­ber). As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to pro­vide any fur­ther com­ment at this stage.”

Nikki Allder, act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Trans­dev Mel­bourne stated: “Trans­dev is com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the best pos­si­ble ser­vice for our cus­tomers and the com­mu­nity. We are ex­cep­tion­ally dis­ap­pointed that we have had to ter­mi­nate a staff mem­ber re­cently who se­ri­ously breached our code of con­duct. We have re­ferred this mat­ter to Vic­to­ria Po­lice.

“As this mat­ter is now un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it is not ap­pro­pri­ate for us to com­ment fur­ther at this point,” she said.

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