Christine McGinn, 05 April 2016

A BP service station attendant was held up at knife-point on March 28 in Mt Waverley. A man, described as caucasian, entered the store wielding a kitchen knife at 12.20am demanding money. The sales attendant handed over cash in a plastic bag before the man is believed to have fled on foot from the store at the corner of Highbury and Blackburn roads. Embona Taskforce’s Senior Constable Luke Galley said there was a driver refuelling their car at the time of the incident who has spoken with police. Sen-Constable Galley said the man was about 200cm and was wearing glasses at the time of the incident. Police have obtained CCTV footage but will not release any images as investigations are ongoing.

MONASH
A trailer with a commercial-use generator, worth $20,000, was stolen from a worksite on January 18 in Armadale. But Monash detectives swiftly moved to track the trailer down on a farm in Upper Pakenham after the generator was turned on and a search warrant was issued. The crime has been linked to another trailer theft from the Springvale Homemaker centre a week earlier. Two men, a 34-year-old and a 54-year-old from Upper Pakenham have been arrested and are yet to face charges.

MONASH

Homeowners are urged to take some simple steps to reduce their chances of being robbed. Residents are urged to lock their doors, shed, and mailbox, trim tress and shrubs to reduce hiding sports in your yard. According to Victoria Police data, about 20 per cent of all residential burglaries in the state was through entry of unlocked doors or windows. Find out more at helpyourself.vic.gov.au

MONASH

Scammers are posing as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to serve a subpoena on the recipient. The email claims to be from the AFP and tells the person they have committed a crime, and contains a case number and link to download the case files. But the links in the email could contain viruses or malware. Scamwatch is warning people not to open the scam email. Report scams at scamwatch.gov.au

MONASH

Tradies need to lock up, and remove all valuable items from worksites. Police are again warning tradesmen to lock up their site before they leave, but also to secure their vehicles and tool boxes when they get home. Police say anything left unsecured on site could potentially be stolen and engraving tools with contact details is a good way to ensure if recovered, they can be returned to the owner.

MONASH

Love can cost you more than you expected with scammers trying to woe those using dating websites. Scammers make fake online profiles to lure the would be lover in. Scammers may make a first approach via social media, or even call their victim. Scamwatch is warns that scammers express strong feelings very early on, gain your trust over months before asking for cash, gifts or bank details, and ask for photos of you in an intimate nature to later use against you. More than $3 million has been lost to “catfishing” scammers this year, while almost $28 million was lost last year.

CLAYTON

More than 3500 preliminary breath tests, 406 police hours and 64 penalty notices were issued across in Monash, Whitehorse, Manningham and Boroondara during the Easter long-weekend. Victoria Police’s Operation Nexus ran over the four-day weekend to reduce road trauma. Clayton police station’s Acting Senior Sergeant Geoff Kelly said the division had some of the largest traffic arterials with the Monash Freeway, Dandenong Rd and Springvale Rd. He said it was a good result and there would be a renewed effort to conduct more road trauma reduction operations in Monash, especially over long weekends.

Extracted in full from the Herald Sun.

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