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Operation Influx continues its fight against crime in Whittlesea and Darebin

Police in the North West of Melbourne have arrested 17 people as a result of an ongoing focus on disrupting… Police in the North West of Melbourne have arrested 17 people as a result of an ongoing focus on disrupting vehicle crime and burglary.

Police in Whittlesea and Darebin stepped out in high numbers as a part of Operation Influx on Monday.

Superintendent Tim Hansen said police are continuing their commitment to making Whittlesea and Darebin safer communities.

“This is the fourth time we have run Operation Influx in the last few months,” Supt Hansen said.

“In May’s operation we arrested 54 people for crimes such as theft of and from motor vehicle, drug possession, criminal damage and handle stolen goods.

“During these operations we have effectively identified crime and gathered vital intelligence to prevent future incidents.

“This is a rolling operation which will be standing up again throughout the year as a part of our sustained approach to disrupting crime in the area.”

Monday's 17 arrests involved a range of offences including theft, handling stolen goods and possessing drugs of dependence.

One of those arrests involved a 26-year-old South Morang man being arrested and charged for stolen plates, possessing a drug of dependence and his whereabouts was wanted for other historical matters. He was remanded in custody.

The final results of Operation Influx included:

- 225 people spoken to

- More than 2300 vehicles checked, and

- 28 penalty notices issued.

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