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15 people arrested in Ballarat and Moorabool Police Operation

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Ballarat and Moorabool police have arrested 15 people as part of Operation Reorder, which targeted high volume crime in the area.

The four day operation ran between Thursday 28 February and Sunday 4 March.

Officers executed a number of warrants, conducted bail compliance checks and ran covert patrols at crime hotspots in order to detect and disrupt crimes such as burglaries, drug trafficking and robberies.

Detective Inspector Greg Payne said the results were outstanding and will help to significantly reduce crime in the community.

“What’s particularly impressive is some of Ballarat’s high risk, recidivist offenders were arrested during this weekend’s Operation,” he said.

15 arrests were made over the four days for offences including home invasion, aggravated burglary, drug trafficking, criminal damage, evading police, thefts of and from cars.

A stolen vehicle containing stolen property was also recovered along with a quantity of methylamphetamine.

The people charged include:

A 33-year-old Ballarat man has been charged with 34 offences including aggravated burglaries, thefts, evading police and driving offences.

A 45-year-old Ballarat woman has been charged with home invasion and robbery.

A 20-year-old Ballarat man has been charged with armed robbery, robbery and assaults.

A 26-year-old Melton man has been charged with aggravated burglaries and thefts.

A 17-year-old Ballarat boy has been charged with aggravated burglaries and thefts.

A 31-year-old Ballarat woman has been charged with obtain property by deception and handle stolen goods.

A 38-year-old Ballarat man has been charged with trafficking and possessing drugs – including amphetamine and cannabis.

They have been remanded to appear at either Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh Magistrates’ Courts today.