Tools, cash theft from quarry
DETECTIVES are investigating after cash and tools worth more than $25,000 were stolen from a Pyramid Hill quarry.
Central Goldfields Crime Investigation Unit investigators have been told several offenders used bolt cutters to break into a Leitchville Rd quarry between 5pm on November 29 and 7am on November 30.
It is believed they drove a vehicle into the quarry before forcing their way into a portable building.
Once inside, they took a safe containing a small amount of money, along with radios and batteries.
They then accessed a ute parked nearby, which they unsuccessfully tried to start, before breaking into a shed, where they took a number of Milwaukee tools including a rattle gun, grease gun, angle grinder and welder, along with a Hypertherm steel cutter.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles entering and leaving the quarry or travelling with the items on trailers to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.
Campfires pose major threat
CAMPERS along the Murray River are being urged to follow the rules when it comes to campfire safety.
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Geoff Tyers said since September 1, there had been 23 fires across the Mallee Fire District, with about 18 due to campfire negligence.
There was also one at Black Swamp Track in Cohuna last month.
‘‘The fires have caused loss of habitat trees along the Murray River, including several established red gums. Luckily the fires were brought under control before they could spread into nearby grassy areas,’’ he said.
‘‘The fires have been the result of careless behaviour by people not obeying campfire safety rules including not extinguishing their campfires properly or leaving them unattended.
‘‘We are asking people to be vigilant about campfire safety and if they see a campfire that doesn’t look right or is unattended, then to call Crime Stoppers at 1800333000.’’
On-the-spot fines of up to $476 can be issued for people breaching campfire safety rules with a maximum penalty of up to $15,872. If convicted, a person can be imprisoned for up to two years.