Christian Tatman, 12 January 2016
A YOUNG man and woman who allegedly went on a wild crime spree across the greater Frankston area are facing a raft of charges.
Police alleged the man, 20, and the woman, 21, participated in a series of ram raids at service stations and burglaries at auto retail stores early on January 3.
The cost of damage at individual service stations is estimated at between $5000 to $30,000.
Police allege the spree started when the pair rammed a Holden Commodore sedan through glass doors at a service station shortly before 3am in Frankston South.
They allegedly attempted to tow an ATM out of the premises, but only managed to rip the top half of the machine off.
After unsuccessfully attempting to rip out the bottom half of the machine, the pair fled the scene empty-handed.
They allegedly then reversed into glass doors at another service station in Frankston shortly afterwards.
Despite causing extensive damage, the pair did not gain entry and drove off.
Police alleged the pair then attempted a ram raid at a Carrum Downs service station, causing significant damage after reversing through glass doors.
They again attempted to steal an ATM, but were unsuccessful when their chain broke and fled the scene.
It is alleged the man and woman also struck at auto retail stores in Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Dandenong South during the spree.
Police arrested the pair at 9am on January 3 after their car broke down in Cambridge St, Frankston.
The pair are facing numerous charges including burglary, attempted burglary, criminal damage and going equipped to steal.
They are also facing charges relating to a series of burglaries where largely loose change was stolen at seven veterinary clinics across Frankston and Cranbourne between December 11 and 30.
The man has been remanded in custody to face Frankston Court this week while the woman has been bailed to face court in April.
Extracted in full from the Herald Sun.