An alleged parcel thief has been charged over a series of post office break-ins where close to $10,000 worth of packages was stolen.
Victorian police say post offices in Werribee and Point Cook, in Melbourne’s southwest, were targeted five times in September and October.
Packages containing thousands of dollars worth of goods were swiped before detectives from the Wyndham Crime Investigation Unit responded with several raids.
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A 30-year-old man was arrested during a search of his Werribee home and subsequently charged with five counts of burglary and drug possession.
The accused is set to appear in the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on December 7.
But any hopes of getting the packages back appear dashed because “police believe he allegedly sold the contents of the parcels overseas”.
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Detectives also took six other people into custody on unrelated matters following an investigation into the thefts.
Four of them, aged between 28 and 55, were remanded on warrants for a mix of offences, including burglary, police said.
A fifth man was released pending summons for firearm and drug-related offending and the sixth man was cautioned for cannabis possession.
An alleged parcel thief has been charged and now has a date in court set for December. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE
The charges came as Australia Post kicked into overdrive ahead of Christmas.
Temporary weekend deliveries started in all metro capitals and some regional cities and towns on Saturday.
Fifty-two million deliveries were made by Australia Post last December, and thousands of additional staff have been recruited this year in anticipation of a new record driven by cyber sales events.
“As the sales events ramp up and online shopping surges in the lead up to Christmas, our temporary Saturday and Sunday service is just another way we are supporting our customers at the busiest time of the year,” Australia Post executive general manager Gary Starr said.
Weekend deliveries will remain in place up until Christmas, should demand require them.
Anyone with information about stolen parcels should contact Crime Stoppers or make a report online.