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Storage hard drives stolen
Police are investigating a break-in at Radio Rentals in Mount Gambier this morning.
At about 6.30am, the front window of the store was smashed with a paver and a number of storage hard drives were stolen.
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity or who has any information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Victorian Homicide Squad return to Mount Gambier
Victoria Police are making a fresh appeal for information in relation to the suspicious disappearance of Mt Gambier man Gordon Hamm in July 2013. While three men have been charged in relation to Mr Hamm’s death, his remains have still not been found.
Victorian Homicide Squad detectives have returned to Mount Gambier today to follow up a number of active lines of enquiry surrounding the 34-year-old’s disappearance.
Two men from Mt Gambier, a 29-year-old and 35-year-old, were extradited to Victoria and charged with murder in July 2013.
A 21-year-old Mt Gambier man was extradited to Victoria and was charged with accessory to murder in October 2013.
Mr Hamm was last seen on a bridge at the intersection of Portland-Nelson Road and Leake Street in Nelson around 4am on Wednesday 17 July.
He was last seen wearing a black jumper and grey knee-length shorts.
Detectives urge anyone that may have any information regarding Mr Hamm’s disappearance to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or http://www.crimestoppers.com.au
Motorcycles targeted by thieves
A motorcycle was stolen during a break-in at a Mount Gambier business overnight and may be linked to the theft of a white Holden ute from Port Macdonnell earlier in the evening.
Police attended the Sturt Street, Mount Gambier business at 3am and found a window smashed and a motorbike had been stolen.
Police suspect the same offenders were disturbed earlier in the evening attempting to steal a motorcycle from a shed at a Port Macdonnell house. They were seen to speed off in a white VT Commodore ute or similar.
A white Holden Commodore ute, registration S351BAW, had been stolen from outside a Meylin Street, Port Macdonnell home.
The details of the stolen motorcycle are still to be confirmed by the owner. Anyone who spots the stolen ute or who has any information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Man arrested for disorderly behaviour
A 21-year-old Mount Gambier man was arrested for disorderly behaviour at about 4pm on Sunday 18 May.
Police were called to a Mount Gambier address regarding a man allegedly making threats and armed with a metal pole. The man was arrested and charged with carry offensive weapon, disorderly behaviour and breach of bail. He will appear in court at a later date.
Operation Nomad concludes until next season
As Operation Nomad concludes with the end of the fire danger season, 44 people have been apprehended and police are keeping a close eye on 239 people of interest; an increase of ten over the previous year.
Operation Nomad, SAPOL’s response to the threat to communities and infrastructure posed by bushfires during the fire danger season, aims to reduce arson related bush fires. It has been conducted annually since 1992, in cooperation with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, Country Fire Service and other partner agencies.
Police have expressed concern that Operation Nomad information this season points to highly volatile rural areas as key areas where incidents occur.
Assistant Police Commissioner Linda Williams says the season’s statistics, just released, show a worrying number of overall arrests and expiations in the Hills Fleurieu and Murray Mallee areas.
“We’ve seen a number of detections in these areas, where dry rural conditions can quickly become flash points for bushfires.”
“The Murray Mallee area produced a total of 32 arrests, reports, expiations and cautions, while Hills Fleurieu produced 24.”
“Clearly, we will continue to monitor sensitive areas during bushfire season and we will ask the local community to remain vigilant.”
“Keeping an eye out for any suspicious behaviour, or vehicle activity, helps police target specific areas and individuals.”
This season, police asked the community to watch out for practising arsonists, with key indications of their presence in an area being small, burned patches in vegetation.
“Alerting authorities to burn patches and suspicious activity in an area when out enjoying a walk, camping or driving, can provide police with vital information.”
“Even if it seems insignificant at the time, it might be the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle we need.”
Nomad statistics: Overview.
– SAPOL submitted 46 Nomad-related reports (18 arrests and 28 reports).
– Between 1 November 2013 and 30 April 2014, 44 people were apprehended from the total 46 Nomad related reports.
– Two of these 44 people apprehended were responsible for multiple offences (seven in total).
– 23 apprehensions were for deliberate or reckless acts such as throwing sparklers.
– 21 apprehensions related to burn offs, careless discarding of cigarette butts, lighting or maintaining a fire during total a Fire Ban or during the Fire Danger Season, other minor breaches of the Fire and Emergency Services Regulations and campfires, rather than deliberate or reckless acts to cause a bush fire or commit arson.
– In two cases the arrests were for hindering a member of an Emergency Services Organisation
– 13 (56.5%) were juveniles aged between 12 to 15 years.
Of significance are these two arrests/reports from South Coast::
– A 23-year-old man who was responsible for a series of the fires that occurred on 6 February, 2014
– A 56- year- old man suspected of lighting a fire late on 28 February 2014 on Frith Road, Clarendon.
115 expiation notices (89 Fines and 26 Cautions) in total were issued.
– 16 cautions and 51 fines ( 55.8%) were issued for
for light or maintain fire in open during fire danger season
– Nine cautions and 19 fines (23.7%-) were issued for
a person must not, without lawful excuse, drop or throw burning object or material from a vehicle.
Sunday, 18 May 2014 7:54am
Driving disqualified and under the influence in Mount Gambier
A man will face court after allegedly being caught driving under the influence of drugs in Mount Gambier on Friday.
Patrols stopped the 19-year-old Millicent man just after 3pm and he underwent a driver screening test, which returned a positive reading for methamphetamine.
Further checks revealed his licence was disqualified.
He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.
Woman charged with theft, stating false details
A 21-year-old Mount Gambier woman will appear in court after allegedly trying to sell stolen property to a second hand dealer.
The woman was charged last night with theft and stating false details to a second hand dealer.
She was granted bailed and will appear in the Mt Gambier Magistrates Court at a later date.