Charges over alleged thefts at South Morang store

By Laura Michell

Three teenagers have been charged over a series of alleged thefts from electronic stores in South Morang, Preston and Springvale last month.

Police from the Mill Park Serious Crime Taskforce and Brimbank CIU executed nine search warrants in Tullamarine, Sunshine, Sunbury, Derrimut, Melton South, St Albans and Kings Park on November 4. Eleven people were arrested.

Police allege that property from alleged thefts that occurred in Preston on October 16, South Morang on October 22, and Springvale on October 23, was found during the searches.

The arrests are part of Operation Liege which is targeting group thefts at retail, electronic and telecommunications stores statewide.

A 16-year-old from Melton South has been charged with theft and handling stolen goods and was remanded in custody.

A 14-year-old from Deer Park was charged with handling stolen goods, committing an indictable offence while on bail and was also remanded in custody.

A 16-year-old from Keilor Downs has been charged with theft and handling stolen goods, committing and indictable offence while on bail, dealing proceeds of crime and stating a false name, and was remanded in custody.