UP to $20,000 in loot allegedly stolen from Border businesses was found in a house in Wodonga yesterday.
Detectives and uniform police raided the Thorneycroft Avenue home at 9am after four burglaries in the past fortnight and the arrest and charging of a man last week.
Detective Sgt Graeme Simpfendorfer said items valued at between $10,000 and $20,000, including engineering equipment, were found in the house.
The equipment was allegedly stolen from Wodonga engineering business Parker Hannifin in Chapple Street late last month for the purpose of being on-sold for cash.
The raid follows three other Wodonga burglaries last week where Morelli’s Cafe, a home and a construction site all in Stanley Street were broken into last weekend.
Sgt Simpfendorfer said it was a welcome result for businesses.
“We’re happy to be able to get the stuff back for some of the businesses because some of the equipment stolen was essential for them to conduct their business,” he said.
“We’re confident of getting it back to them as soon as possible.”
At Parker Hannifin, human resources manager Linda Nelson praised police.
“The police have been fantastic and have done a really good job with this and other previous thing that happened,” she said.
“We’re very, very happy.”
Sgt Simpfendorfer said police sorted through the goods yesterday, identifying where it came from before contacting businesses.
He said no arrests were made yesterday, but he indicated more arrests were to come this week.
Yesterday’s raid followed the charging of a man, 26, for burglary and theft last Monday.