Po­lice re­cover huge haul of stolen Echuca prop­erty

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Ivy Wise

TENS of thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of stolen prop­erty from around the Echuca dis­trict was un­cov­ered in a raid at Stan­hope early Fri­day.

Echuca de­tec­tives and Kyabram po­lice swooped on the Hill Rd prop­erty about 8.55am, fol­low­ing a ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice seized six ve­hi­cles and three trail­ers, as well as firearms, tools and equip­ment.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Bren­dan Mur­phy of Cam­paspe Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit said po­lice were look­ing to speak with a 25-year-old Stan­hope man in re­la­tion to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘‘We’re mak­ing in­quiries to lo­cate a young male con­nected to the prop­erty,’’ he said.

Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Bren­dan Ran­doe of Kyabram po­lice said a 49-year-old Stan­hope man had been in­ter­viewed and re­leased pend­ing in­quiries and other peo­ple of in­ter­est were be­ing sought.

‘‘We ex­pect charges to be laid in re­la­tion to han­dling stolen goods, theft and bur­glary,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of prop­erty we’ve iden­ti­fied al­ready from bur­glar­ies.’’

The prop­erty is be­lieved to have been stolen from around the dis­trict, in­clud­ing Echuca, Kyabram and Shep­par­ton.

‘‘It’s very early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and there is a lot to make in­quiries about,’’ Snr Sgt Ran­doe said.

Det. Snr Sgt Mur­phy said in the next few weeks, po­lice would be pro­cess­ing all the stolen prop­erty and try­ing to iden­tify the own­ers.

‘‘The prop­erty will be foren­si­cally ex­am­ined and once it’s ex­am­ined we will en­deav­our to lo­cate the own­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘Peo­ple who may have had things stolen from around the area should get in con­tact with us.’’

Det. Snr Sgt Mur­phy said re­cov­er­ing such a sub­stan­tial amount of stolen prop­erty was a good re­sult.

‘‘Tak­ing into ac­count the firearms are off the street and not in the hands of peo­ple of this na­ture as the po­ten­tial is quite se­ri­ous,’’ he said.

If you be­lieve some of the stolen prop­erty may be yours, con­tact Echuca po­lice on 5483 1500.

IVY WISE

PO­LICE RAID: Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Bren­dan Ran­doe of Kyabram po­lice and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rus­sell Locke of Cam­paspe Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit go through some of the stolen prop­erty un­cov­ered in a raid at a Stan­hope prop­erty. Photo:

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