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18
Jul
2018

Thieves smash shopping centre doors in 4WD before customers dodge the burglars as they ram the front of a jewellery store during crime spree

  • Several ram raids occurred in a supermarket, a school and a jewellery store
  • The ram raids happened overnight at Waverley Park, outside of Melbourne’s CDB
  • Victorian police believe the robberies were committed by the same two men

A series of ram raids involving a supermarket, a school and a jewellery store that occurred overnight were linked and believed to have been committed by the same two men.

The first incident happened at 3.40am in Waverley Park, 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD where $1,000 cash was stolen from a supermarket.

Victorian police say about 50 minutes later a primary school at Wheelers Hill was targeted after a car was driven into a gymnasium, but nothing was stolen.

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All three ram raids were believed to have been linked and committed by the same two men

All three ram raids were believed to have been linked and committed by the same two men

‘At 4.45am a car was driven through at the shopping centre at Wheelers Hill and used to crash through a jewellery store where more than $2,000 in jewellery was stolen,’ police said.

The Leader reports that thieves used a dark-coloured SUV during the heist.

At this stage, investigators believed that all three incidents were linked and involved the same two men.

The first man is described as Caucasian about 190cm tall, with short brown hair and wearing dark pants and a T-shirt.

While the second man is described as 180cm tall, of thin build and wearing dark clothing.

Meanwhile, Mulgrave Ward councillor Robert Davies told Daily Mail Australia that traders at the Wheelers Hill shopping were angry that nothing was being done to prevent crimes being committed in the area.

‘When will this Victorian crime wave be brought under control?

‘Local traders are very angry at the continued robberies that are happening every few weeks.

‘Nowhere in Victoria is safe, not even the Premier’s electorate of Mulgrave,’ he said.

Resident Maree Davenport who has been living in the area for the past 30 years said many were fed-up with the constant robberies taking place in the area.

‘As a long standing resident, I and my neighbour and business owner have had a gutful of crime being committed in our area,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We are sick of our homes being broken into, our friends in local business being attacked and our children don’t feel safe on their way to and from school and in their own homes.

‘Now they are scared to go to the shops,’ she said.

Earlier in the month, two masked burglars had carried out three robberies within a span of 30 minutes in Dandenong, Rowville and Wheelers Hill in Melbourne.

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