Two vehicles were stolen from private residences in Benalla.
The first occurred in Goomalibee Rd where a 2014 Toyota Prado was removed overnight between Monday, April 10, and Tuesday, April 11.
This vehicle was later recovered in Golden Vale Rd, with an 18-year-old local male arrested in Benalla West and interviewed for this offence.
He has been bailed to appear at the Benalla Magistrates Court.
The long lane to the driveway of a MacKellar St premises did not deter the second car thieves from taking a green Toyota sedan registered TGV686, between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The thief/thieves on both of these incidents were able to access keys to the stolen vehicles, thus creating the opportunity for offending without attracting unwanted attention.
●Another opportunist offender took advantage of an unlocked vehicle that was parked outside Chemist Warehouse in Bridge St on Sunday, April 9.
The theft of the backpack from the back seat occurred between 4pm and 4.15pm with the contents valued at about $2800. The contents consisted of an iPad, hearing aids, clothing and a book.
Operation Nexus is not just about the Easter long weekend, but an extended 13-day statewide focus on road safety — that will continue into when children go back to school next week and encompass also the Anzac Day long weekend.
So you will see an increase in police on the roads and on major arterials into the next 13 days.
We want to be out there as a reminder for you to slow down, we want to be a reminder to get off your phone and we want to be a reminder that you should be making the right choices while on the road.
Our main focus is to reduce road trauma and fatalities on the roads, not only for the next 13 days, but every day, but we can’t be everywhere.
The onus has to go back to you, the driver, the pedestrian, the cyclist, the road user.
Benalla and Wangaratta are two of five priority Police Service Areas identified as high risk for road trauma.
Police will be drug and alcohol testing, detecting speeding drivers and distraction offences ie mobile phone, GPS use.