An­other crime wave, an­other call for more po­lice

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

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.

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