Camperdown police arrest man in relation to racecourse break-in

A 28-YEAR-OLD Cressy man has been remanded in custody after being arrested in relation to a break-in at the Camperdown racecourse.

Michael Mitchell, 28, of New Station Street, unsuccessfully applied for bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody until April 10 when he is expected to plead guilty to a range of charges.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan refused bail, saying Mr Mitchell had already been on bail on charges including trafficking and possessing amphetamine.

He said the accused had a prior conviction for trafficking drugs in 2015.

“You’ve blown it,” Mr Coghlan told Mr Mitchell.

Camperdown police Senior Constable Paul Marsland said televisions and other items including a bar fridge had been disturbed at the Camperdown Turf Club last Thursday.

He said the televisions had been removed from brackets and stacked up.

"On Saturday morning police officers from Colac and Camperdown executed a search warrant at a property in Cressy," he said,.

"The search warrant related to investigations leading from a burglary at the Camperdown Racecourse on Thursday last week during which a Polaris four-wheel motorbike was stolen. 

“Attempts had also been made to steal electronic goods including televisions from the turf clubs committee rooms."

Senior Constable Marsland said that as a result of the raid police recovered the stolen motorbike and also a distinctive Giant brand mountain bike. 

"A 28 year old man from Cressy was interviewed by police, charged with a number of offences and remanded in custody to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court," he said.

"Police are keen to hear from the owner of the mountain bike which is believed to be valued at between $4000 and $5000.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Camperdown police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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