Mitchell detectives have interviewed two youths following a series of incidents in Broadford recently.
The 14-year-olds, from Broadford and Diamond Creek, have been charged with attempted armed robbery of a café on Thursday, November 16, where they fled empty-handed after being confronted by the owner.
Another charge is loiter with intent to commit an indictable offence following an earlier incident at a pizza shop and also criminal damage relating to a broken window at the office of the secondary college.
Both have been bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.
Motor vehicle theft
Police are seeking information regarding the theft of two motor vehicles from Nagambie, which then set off a chain of further offences.
Between midnight and 8am on Wednesday, November 22, the cars were stolen from a rural property on Heathcote-Nagambie Rd.
One of the cars was discovered later that day, on fire on Sunday Creek Rd, near Broadford-Wandong Rd, Sunday Creek. The second vehicle was found on the Friday; it had been dumped and set alight in Telegraph Rd, Seymour, near the intersection with Goulburn Valley Hwy.
It is believed this second car had been used by thieves who tried to break into two businesses in High St, Broadford in the early hours of Friday morning.
They were unable to gain entry to the first business initially, but had success at the neighbouring store where they forced open the front door and stole a small safe.
Once they had gained entry to this property, they were able to access the first shop via a shared doorway and stole another safe after prising it away from its floor mountings.
One of the safes was located in the burnt out car in Telegraph Rd.
It is believed three offenders were responsible for the burglaries, with the crime spree not just centred around Broadford; bank cards belonging to the car owner — which were found in the car by the thieves — were used to purchase items in Coburg, also on the Friday.
Other on-going investigations include a burglary at a house in Highlands Rd, Seymour, which occurred during the day on Friday, November 17.
Two laptops and cash was stolen from inside the house, after entry was gained via a back door, and four mag wheels and a socket and spanner set were grabbed from the rear yard.
●Someone tried to break into the sports club rooms in Chittick Park sometime between 7pm on Saturday night and Sunday morning. A flyscreen was removed from a window and there were signs of attempts to jimmy doors open, but it appears no entry was gained to the inside.
Setting off the audible alarm may have sent the offenders on their way.
Jewellery was stolen from a house in O’Hara Dve, Seymour, while the residents were only out for about an hour or so on Wednesday morning, November 22.
The occupants left about 10.40am and returned about noon.
It is believed entry may have been gained to the house via a rear garage door, with the offender/s accessing the back yard by climbing over the fence facing onto Hume and Hovell Rd.
Police are urging residents to review the security of their jewellery, as this type of theft where jewellery has been specifically targeted, has seen an increase in recent times.
Consider installing small safes, out of sight and attached to a solid structure for storage and to report any suspicious behaviour immediately to police on 000.