Fire­wood theft ar­rest

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

PO­LICE arrested a man over the theft of fire­wood in Heath­cote last week.

It is be­lieved a man at­tended a farm on Sharpes Lane about 10am and stole a quan­tity of fire­wood.

There have been a num­ber of thefts from the farm over the past cou­ple of months, with about $2,400 worth of fire­wood stolen.

A 42-year-old Rom­sey man was arrested and in­ter­viewed by po­lice last Mon­day.

He is ex­pected to be charged on sum­mons.

Cen­tral Vic­to­ria agri­cul­tural li­ai­son of­fi­cer Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Dan O’Bree said in­ves­ti­gat­ing these kinds of ru­ral in­ci­dents was a pri­or­ity for po­lice.

‘‘We know that farm­ing prop­er­ties and res­i­dences are viewed by crim­i­nals as easy tar­gets be­cause they can be very re­mote,’’ Snr Con­sta­ble O’Bree said.

‘‘Se­cu­rity mea­sures, such as in­stalling cam­eras in iso­lated ar­eas of ru­ral prop­er­ties, can be both a de­ter­rent and a use­ful tool in help­ing to iden­tify of­fend­ers.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant that po­lice work to­gether with the farm­ing com­mu­nity to re­duce these in­ci­dents of theft and bur­glary as we know the im­pact they can have on their liveli­hoods.’’

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