POLICE have arrested a 19-year-old Mortlake man who had avoided police for more than six months.
Leading Senior Constable Paul McLean, of Mortlake police, said the well known man was arrested at a Mortlake property during Monday morning on outstanding warrants.
The young man was previously charged with offences as a teenager after he and friends strung fishing line across the Hamilton Highway at Mortlake a number of times a couple of years ago.
"He has just been been interviewed on the theft of a motor car and a number of failures to stop by police direction and also escaping lawful custody," Senior Constable McLean said.
Police were searching for the man since January and suspected him of committing a string of offences in Warrnambool, Mortlake, Snake Valley and Hamilton in the past few months.
"There was an arson incident in Hamilton, theft of fuel in Hamilton, driving offences in Warrnambool and Mortlake," Senior Constable McLean said.
In all the man was interviewed and then charged with 29 offences.
The alleged offending dates back to a burglary at Mortlake Motors in June last year.
He was remanded in custody overnight and appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday. He made no application for bail and was remanded in custody until August.
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