WATCH: 18 year old arrested after dumping allegedly stolen vehicle
September 17, 2022 / 9:40 pm
Dozens of people linked to youth gangs have been arrested over the weekend.
Victoria Police’s “Operation Alliance” saw officers from multiple regions and specalist areas join forces over four nights to disrupt gang activity, arrest violent offenders and connect with those on the brink of joining youth gangs in a bid to minimise the chances of them joining a gang or offending.
A highly visible police presence was seen in Werribee, as well as a crackdown in other nearby Melbourne suburbs including Melton and Point Cook
66 people were arrested, including 23 between the ages of 14-25.
Victoria Police also visited the state’s most serious and violent youth gang members to make sure bail conditions were being followed, with a compliance rate of 65%.
One visit was to a Point Cook address on September 11, after reports of four males acting suspiciously.
On arrival, police observed four males get into an allegedly stolen car which was tracked by the Air Wing.
Despite the quartet dumping the car nearby, police arrested an 18 year old man from Wyndham Vale, and two boys from Derrimut and Truganina. All have been charged with theft of motor vehicle.
In separate incidents, police executed search warrants in the Wyndham area which saw five youths arrested, an allegedly stolen vehicle linked to a number of thefts and petrol drive offs in Point Cook, Woodlea, Williams Landing and Rockbank recovered
- 66 people arrested for offences including aggravated burglary, robbery, car theft, assault and criminal damage.
- 77 bail compliance checks, with police identifying 27 breaches of bail.
- Engaged with over 220 persons of interest in the community which has led to greater intelligence holdings to assist future investigations and the ability to disrupt and deter offending.
- Cleared 28 outstanding warrants
- Two Firearm Prohibition Order searches
- Highway Patrol Units checked over 2940 cars through Automatic Numberplate Recognition Technology in an effort to detect stolen cars or numberplates.
- 136 vehicles intercepted by police, which led to 2 cars being impounded and taken off the roads.
Brimbank Divisional Commander, Superintendent Michael Cruse said it was a collaberative effort across multiple divisions and regions
“Dozens of offenders involved in serious and violent offending have been arrested as a result, and we’ve also engaged with a significant number of people, further boosting our intelligence holdings and giving us a chance to deter people from getting involved in gang activity before it’s too late.”
“Operation Alliance is an ongoing operation that sees teams of officers, detectives and specialist units patrolling our streets, monitoring intelligence and proactively engaging with offenders and persons with one goal in mind – to disrupt and dismantle youth gangs before they can cause significant harm to the community.”
Operation Alliance has led to significant results on a state-wide level, with 452 known youth gang members arrested a combined total of 1,334 times in the last year.
This has led to over 3,200 charges being laid and 191 offenders being remanded.
Anyone with information about criminal activity is urged to report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via