Arrested over cattle theft

By Country News

A woman and a teenage boy have been arrested after a month-long investigation into theft of livestock from northern Victoria, which has resulted in the eight Speckle Park calves stolen on June 7 being found.

Members from Victoria Police’s Eastern Region Crime Team, with assistance from regional detectives, executed warrants in Colac and Werneth (north of Colac) on Thursday morning.

The warrants were simultaneously executed about 7.30am and a 53-year-old Colac woman and a 17-year-old Werneth boy were arrested and the pair continue to assist police with their inquiries.

The eight Speckle Park calves, one heifer and seven bulls, were stolen from a dairy farm on Blamey Rd, Yarroweyah.

Sheep stolen from Shepparton Regional Saleyards on May 19 have not yet been recovered.

Eastern Region Crime Team Inspector Matthew Baynes said the arrests reflected Victoria Police’s dedication to farm-related crime, in particular theft of livestock across regional Victoria.

‘‘We know the farming community is concerned about incidents of stock theft and we want to reassure everyone that police take this issue very seriously,’’ Insp Baynes said.

‘‘We have a dedicated Agricultural Liaison Officer program which is a collection of more than 60 members across the state who have expert skills in investigating livestock theft and farm crime.

‘‘We want to remind the farming community that police are here to help.

‘‘It’s important that any incident is always reported to police at the earliest opportunity so that we can investigate fully.

‘‘If you see any suspicious behaviour, particularly stock crates or trailers which appear out of place, then we encourage you to report this to police or to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.’’