Police recover huge haul of stolen Echuca property
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.
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: