TWO serious armed robberies in two weeks have many people in the Yarrawonga community changing how they live.
Moira Shire’s mayor Brian Keenan yesterday said many people he knew who had always lived a relaxed, country lifestyle were beefing up their security.
He said the knifing of Cobram man David Hyde when he disturbed a burglar in his home two weeks ago had made the community “fearful”.
“And now the hold up at the petrol station this week at Yarrawonga — it’s a real worry,” he said.
“People have said to me they don’t usually lock themselves in at night but since then people have started to do so.”
Cr Keenan said the offenders must have been after easy targets.
“There was only an attendant at the fuel station so people can slip in and out without too much chance of being caught,” he said.
“There’s nothing else open after normal business hours and no houses close by.”
Cobram Detective Sgt Marcus Boyd said a steady flow of information had put them closer to finding the ski-mask bandit who held up the petrol station on Wednesday night.
“We haven’t identified or found the suspect at this stage,” he said.
“We hope the information we have anything that comes in will identify him.”
Sgt Boyd said several detectives at Yarrawonga were hunting for the offenders.
Cr Keenan said he was confident the police would do everything possible to catch the offenders and he urged the community to help.
“The community has a responsibility to give any information it has,” he said. “The smallest snippet could close the circle.”
Cr Keenan said while he hoped the offenders were not from the area, there would be a greater chance of finding them if they were.
Sgt Boyd said the petrol station attendant was still “shaken and traumatised”.
“He will feel better when we make an arrest, like most victims do,” he said.
Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.