Another crime wave, another call for more police
ROCHESTER Motorcycles was one of four victims of an early morning crime spree across the district early Tuesday morning which has sparked a renewed outcry for more police in the Campaspe area.
Police are investigating the smash and grabs at four businesses in Rochester, Stanhope and Girgarre between 3.30am and 4.30am.
It started when two men wearing gloves and balaclavas forced open the front doors of the Stanhope supermarket.
Then the Stanhope post office was hit and cash was stolen before thieves struck the Girgarre post office about 4am.
The thieves then finished off with a ram-raid on the Rochester business.
Investigators have been told two men wearing hoodies and gloves reversed a Toyota Corolla into the shop front.
Footage has been recorded of a car, which is missing half a rear boot lip and has a damaged tail light, leaving the shop at 4.06am.
It is the second time Rochester Motorcycles has been burgled in a month.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said ‘‘businesses are at their wits end’’.
‘‘It just reinforces the community’s call for additional police numbers in Rochester,’’ he said.
“It’s obviously well organised and there has to be someone out there buying the stolen goods — if anyone knows anything please come forward.’’
Earlier this year almost 2000 Rochester and district residents signed a petition calling on the Labor Government to increase police presence and numbers in the rural community.
‘‘The massive response to the petition sent a loud and clear message to Daniel Andrews that the Rochester community was not prepared to accept being treated as second rate citizens any longer,’’ Mr Walsh told the Campaspe News in February.
But all that effort has been to no avail.
“I’ve had no response from the government as of yet in regards to my petition,’’ Mr Walsh said.
Police are appealing to the public for help and if you have any information please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.