South-west woman arrested in relation to livestock thefts

The Colac woman is arrested on Thursday. Picture: Victoria Police
The Colac woman is arrested on Thursday. Picture: Victoria Police

A 53-YEAR-OLD Colac woman is one of two people who has been arrested over a spate of livestock thefts.

The woman and a 17-year-old Werneth boy were arrested on Thursday after a month-long investigation into the thefts of livestock in northern country Victoria.

Eight calves which were stolen from a Yarroweyah property on Friday, June 7 were recovered following the raids.

The two are assisting police with their inquiries, which include the theft of sheep from saleyards in Shepparton.

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

“We know the farming community is concerned about incidents of stock theft and we want to assure everyone the police take this issue very seriously,” Inspector Baynes said.

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

Inspector Baynes encouraged people who witnessed any suspicious behaviour to contact police.

“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.”