It has been a busy four days for Caroline Springs police after a policing operation netted 19 offenders in the Caroline Springs area.
Operation Ricketier was a joint operation targeting dangerous driving and hoon activity. Police also had a focus on high harm offending. Police have laid 115 charges as a result of the operation and impounded 16 vehicles.
Police have noticed what seems to be a pattern of behavior emerge with a small number of people engaging on in hoon driving and opportunistic crimes in the including anti social behaviour high harm offending such as burglaries and robberies.
A large part of the operation included using Automatic Numberplate Recognition Technology (ANPR) to gather intelligence and detect offenders behind the wheel.
Two key arrests included:
A male allegedly attempted to evade police in a stolen vehicle. Stop sticks were deployed and a search of the vehicle revealed suspected stolen goods and weapons inside. The 34-year-old male from Kensington was arrested. Police laid 32 charges against the male and he was remanded in custody to appear at court at a later date.
ANPR technology detected a driver with stolen registration plates. Following a search of the male and his vehicle a quantity of drugs and weapons were allegedly located. The 30-year-old male from Altona was arrested. He was charged with Trafficking / Possessing drugs of dependence and weapons offences and remanded in custody to appear at court at a later date.
Remember, we encourage the community to always call Triple Zero (000) if they are witnessing a crime or feel unsafe.
Alternatively, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report information about crime anonymously.