River refuses to reveal missing Christmas goods

POLICE divers yesterday trawled the Murray River at Cobram for laptops and phones believed to have been dumped after a $10,000 burglary at a nearby family home on Christmas night.

Cobram Detective Sen-Constable Justin Schulze said a couple, their children aged under 10 and the grandparents had been asleep in the River Road home when the house break-in took place.

He said Christmas presents and cash from Christmas cards had been stolen.

Jewellery, laptops and phones were also taken with the value of the haul put at $10,000.

Sen-Constable Schulze said most of the property had been recovered in a raid on an Acacia Street house in Cobram on Wednesday.

And police divers yesterday braved the murky Murray River waters across the road from the break-in house to search for missing items, including laptops and phones.

Officers from the police search and rescue squad travelled from Melbourne to conduct the search.

The divers spent the afternoon sweeping the river bed by hand a short distance from the shore in a bid to find the missing goods.

Police last night said the divers had not recovered any goods.

A Cobram man, 20, was arrested at the Acacia Road property on Wednesday.

Sen-Constable Schulze said the man had been charged with aggravated burglary and theft before being bailed to face the Shepparton Magistrates Court in March.

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