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25 arrested, 7 remanded in Ballarat police operation

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Inspector Greg Payne says the Ballarat region can expect fewer aggravated burglaries, carjackings, car thefts and car arson attacks – now that a targeted police operation has seen the arrests of 25 people.

Of those, several men are in custody from Ballarat, Creswick, Delacombe and Wendouree.

The operation began on December 27 after a series of incidents that began in November.

It saw police searches carried out at 50 local addresses.

Inspector Payne said the operation saw police coming together from the Ballarat and Mooraboo l CIUs, Divisional Response Unit, Family Violence Unit, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation team and local police.

“Crimes such as aggravated burglaries can have a major effect on the victims and a substantial impact on the broader community’s perceptions of safety,” he said.

“Our message to those committing these offences is clear – police will find you, we will hold you to account and we will ensure you do not continue to inflict harm on the local community.”

Seven of the alleged offenders have been charged and remanded in custody:

** A 26-year-old Delacombe male who has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft of motor car, arson, carjacking, theft and associated offences.

** A 29-year-old Creswick male who has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft of motor car, arson, theft and associated offences.

** A 24-year-old Ballarat male who has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft of motor car, theft and associated offences.

** A 27 year-old Ballarat male who has been charged with theft of motor car, theft and associated offences

** A 37-year-old Ballarat male who has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft and associated offences.

**  A 16-year-old Wendouree male who has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft of motor car, theft and associated offences.

** A 45-year-old Wyndham Vale man has also been charged with theft of tools and copper wire from windfarm construction sites in the Moorabool Shire.

He has been remanded in custody and will face Ballarat Magistrates Court at a later date.

A further 18 people have been charged and bailed to appear at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court for a variety of offences including burglary, theft of motor car, and theft from motor cars