Two teenage boys were arrested late Saturday night after allegedly stealing from the “easy targets” of closed shops and unlocked cars.
The 15-year-old and 13-year-old boys walked away with cash, ice cream and a car navigation system from their alleged crimes, but did not get away with it for long.
Detective Senior Constable Tristan Purss said the Deli Bean Cafe in Wodonga was the first target about 10pm.
He said the boys allegedly smashed a window to gain entry to the shop, stealing cash from the till.
The cafe was closed on Sunday, but still had a large crack in the glass front door, where the alleged offenders had failed to break inside.
They then allegedly smashed another window to break into the Wodonga Plant Farm and stole items including ice creams from the shop.
A TomTom navigation system was stolen from an unlocked car at a home on Beechworth Road and another unlocked was also broken into on Victory Cross Parade.
All the alleged burglaries and thefts occurred in close proximity to each other.
“We were able to identify two offenders,” Detective Purss said. “They’ve obviously gone for a walk on foot and taken the opportunities that arose, which were the easy targets of unlocked cars and unoccupied premises.”
The boys were located by police later in the night and arrested.
They were both charged with burglary, theft and theft from motor vehicle offences and were bailed to appear in the children’s court at a later date.
Meanwhile, Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are still appealing for information from witnesses to a serious collision on the Hume Freeway at Wangaratta South on Friday morning.
They have revealed a silver Ford and a grey Mazda attempted to overtake each other multiple times before they collided.
The Mazda spun off the freeway into trees, causing life-threatening injuries to a man and woman in their 30s, who remained in hospital in Melbourne.
The Border Mail understands the driver of the Ford, which also spun off the freeway through the median strip, had been concerned about the other cars driving in front of her.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au