Police arrest Western District pair after livestock thefts

Police have arrested a Colac woman and a teenager following a month-long investigation into livestock thefts.

Members from Eastern Region Crime Team and south-west detectives executed warrants in Colac and Werneth on Thursday morning. The 53-year-old woman and 17-year-old boy, from north of Colac, were arrested.

Police said the pair were continuing to assist police with their inquiries.

The stolen calves recovered by police this week.

The stolen calves recovered by police this week.

Eight Speckle Park calves that were stolen from a dairy farm at Yarroweyah in north-east Victoria last Friday were recovered following the raids.

Sheep stolen from saleyards in Shepparton on May 19 have not yet been recovered.

Eastern Region Crime Team Inspector Matthew Baynes said the arrests showed police were taking farm-related crime seriously.

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

“We have a dedicated Agricultural Liaison Officer program (AGLO) which is a collection of more than 60 members across the state who have expert skills in investigating livestock theft and farm crime.

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

“It’s important that any incident is always reported to police at the earliest opportunity so that we can investigate fully.”

People who see any suspicious behaviour, such as stock crates or trailers that appear out of place, are urged to report it to police or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.