A Geelong man has been charged over two terrifying Warrnambool home invasions involving elderly women victims, one while allegedly armed with a pitch fork.
Andrew Harris, 38, of Highton, was charged on Thursday with armed robbery and two counts each of aggravated burglary and thefts of vehicles.
He did not appear in Geelong Magistrates Court for a remand hearing and did not apply for bail.
His custody management issues were listed as including mental health conditions and withdrawing from ice use.
Mr Harris was remanded in custody for a committal mention hearing on May 3.
Detective Senior Constable Ashlea Witham, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said Mr Harris was not fit to be interviewed.
Warrnambool detectives travelled to Geelong on Thursday morning after becoming aware Mr Harris was in the custody of Geelong police.
Mr Harris was arrested on Wednesday by Geelong police and remanded in custody overnight.
Mr Harris was charged with two aggravated burglaries allegedly committed in Warrnambool's Hoki Street and nearby Horne Road on Australia Day.
It was previously reported a 76-year-old victim had been left traumatised after an incident on January 26.
At 6.20pm police will allege a man entered a Hoki Street address near Gateway Plaza while armed with a pitch fork where the elderly woman was home alone.
He demanded her car keys and she complied.
The man took the car and drove to Rogers Road, off Horne Road, where three tyres of the vehicle blew out.
Police allege the man dumped the car and then attended a nearby property in Horne Road where a 64-year-old woman was home alone.
There he demanded keys for another vehicle, stole a white Hyundai and drove off.
The car was later recovered in Geelong.
The victim of the Hoki Street home invasion previously told The Standard she was grateful she was not hurt during the ordeal.
“I'm just grateful because he could have stabbed me,” she said.
“He said he was on ice, but wasn’t going to hurt me, but that doesn't help. I thought to myself I would just do what he wanted and not aggravate him.”
She said the vehicle was more than just a car to her.
“It was the last car my husband bought me before he died,” she said. “It has sentimental value."
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