Search for missing woman Fiona Hawker
20 May 2016
Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 48-year-old Fiona Hawker.
Fiona was last seen at a residential address on McAllister Road, Monbulk yesterday about 8.15am.
Police and Fiona’s family hold concerns for her welfare as she suffers from a medical condition.
She is described as about 170cm tall, with a solid build and straight, long brown hair.
Fiona was last seen wearing black ugg boots, dark track pants and a dark coloured pullover.
Police have released an image of Fiona in the hope that someone knows her current whereabouts.
Anyone who sees Fiona is asked to call Belgrave Police Station on 9754 6677.
More charges laid in relation to drug importation
20 May 2016
Additional charges have been laid in relation to a joint investigation into the attempted importation of two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.
Three men appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today (Friday, 20 May 2016) – two on drug possession charges and one on firearms offences.
Yesterday, officers attached to Joint Taskforce Icarus executed a number of search warrants in Southbank, Melbourne.
A 36-year-old Taiwanese man and a 20-year-old Australian man were charged with allegedly attempting to possess a commercial quantity of crystal methamphetamine.
A 26-year-old Chinese man was charged with allegedly possessing an unregistered handgun, contrary to section 7B (1) of the Firearms Act 1996 (VIC), and failing to store ammunition securely.
The maximum penalty for those convicted of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug is life imprisonment.
Earlier this month, a 23-year-old Taiwanese man and a 22-year-old Chinese man faced court on drug importation charges relating to this investigation.
Joint Taskforce Icarus is comprised of personnel drawn from the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and Victoria Police. The taskforce targets those who seek to utilise the international mail stream and air cargo systems for criminal activity.
Law enforcement agencies need the community’s ongoing assistance to minimise the harm caused by drugs, and urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or to submit at confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
20 May 2016
Police have released CCTV and images of a vehicle they are searching for following a ram raid at a Glen Waverley shopping centre last week.
About 2.45am on 12 May, an unknown offender has driven a white Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD through glass sliding doors at the Springvale Road business.
The offender has continued to drive through the shopping centre before ramming the vehicle into the security shutter of a jewellery store.
He got out of the vehicle and was confronted by security staff and a number of other people working in the centre at the time.
The offender then got back into the vehicle and drove out through another set of glass sliding doors.
Nothing was stolen during the incident, however almost $50,000 worth of damage was done to the shopping centre.
Detectives from Monash Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating the incident and have released CCTV and images of the vehicle.
As a result of the ram raid, the 4WD is now missing its passenger side mirror, has damage to the driver’s side mirror and likely has other front and rear damage.
The vehicle is believed to be a 2011-2012 200 series GXL Turbo Diesel model Land Cruiser.
It also has extra after-market modifications including a black steel bull bar, set of aluminium side steps, a Rhino brand platform roof rack and a tow bar pack.
The vehicle is believed to have been fitted with stolen number plates.
Police are also investigating possible sightings of the vehicle in the Cranbourne and Lynbrook areas.
The man driving the car is described as being aged in his teens, perceived to be of African appearance, about 165cm tall and with the beginnings of a moustache.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a black hooded jumper and black pants.
Police are urging anyone with information about the incident or the currents whereabouts of the vehicle to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Police investigate burglary in Dandenong North
20 May 2016
Southern Metro investigators, as a part of Operation Cosmas, are investigating following a burglary at a property in Dandenong North earlier this month.
It is believed two unknown offenders have entered a residential address on Howe Avenue on Wednesday 4 May about 11.40am.
Police have been told the victim, a 36-year-old man, returned home and disturbed the offenders who were searching the property.
They stole two sets of car keys and a set of house keys before fleeing out the front door.
Investigators have released a facial composite of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Two arrested following theft of Audi
Lynbrook, Dandenong North, Hampton Park
20 May 2016
Southern Metro investigators, as part of Operation Cosmas, have arrested two teenagers after they were located in an allegedly stolen Audi SUV.
The duo was arrested just prior to midday following reports of an erratically driven vehicle in Lynbrook.
The car was located dumped near Westernport Highway and whilst two boys were caught nearby, the third escaped on foot.
It will be alleged the Audi was stolen during an aggravated burglary in Caulfield on 13 April.
It will be further alleged the vehicle has been used in several other incidents including robberies, armed robberies, and traffic offences.
The 17-year-old boy from Hampton Park and the 16-year-old boy from Dandenong North remain in custody over the matter and police will oppose bail.
Investigators are calling for the public’s assistance to help identify the third individual who fled on foot.
That individual is described as a teenage boy of Middle Eastern appearance.
Operation Cosmas Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Ivan Bobetic said our main message to this young lad is hand yourself in because it will only be a matter of time before we find you.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Police investigating South Melbourne shooting
20 May 2016
Police are investigating following a drive-by shooting outside an adult entertainment venue at South Melbourne this afternoon.
A black sedan has driven by the Cecil Street venue just before 3pm and fired a number of shots before driving off.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police are currently investigating whether this shooting is linked to a series of incidents that have occurred at the venue.
At this early stage police continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident and anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au