Wyndham detectives smash mail-theft gang

Wyndham detectives believe they have smashed a mail-theft gang operating in Werribee, following an investigation into the theft of mail and credit card deceptions in the area.

A man and four women were arrested after detectives executed a warrant on a Werribee house yesterday.

Investigators allege that a large amount of mail was located at the address, believed to have been stolen from unsecured letter boxes in the area.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with obtaining property by deception, burglary, and handling stolen goods. A 34-year-old woman was  charged with obtaining property by deception.

Both have been bailed to appear at the Werribee Magistrates’ Court on January 10, 2018.

Three other woman aged 30, 28 and 34 have been charged with drug and property offences.

It’s the second time in the past two months Wyndham police have seized large amounts of stolen mail.

On July 6, Wyndham police intercepted a car and found 267 stolen letters and four credit cards, with the mail belonging to victims from Werribee, Hoppers Crossing and Point Cook. A 28-year-old Werribee man was charged with theft, handling stolen goods and possessing drugs.

Last week Point Cook Central Neighbourhood Watch urged residents to put padlocks on their letterboxes following reports of mail theft across a number of Point Cook estates.