Coppers looking for stolen copper

One tonne of copper was stolen from the Medibank building construction site at 720 Bourke St (pictured above) last month.

It’s believed the copper was stolen between Saturday, March 1 and Monday, March 3, while the site was closed for the weekend.

The unknown offender (or offenders) is believed to have entered via the NAB driveway or Etihad Stadium carpark and cut a chain and padlock to gain entry to the site.

It’s believed the copper was removed from the site using a yellow trolley, as this was also noticed missing.

Melbourne West Police Station Commander, Sen-Sgt Mick Wilmott, urged anyone who may have information about the theft to contact Crime Stoppers or the Melbourne West Police Station.

“If anyone sees suspicious behaviour around building sites in Docklands please ensure you contact the police,” Sen-Sgt Wilmott said.

“We would prefer to attend and find there is a legitimate reason for the activity than not to be called and a thief gets away,” he said.

Sen-Sgt Wilmott also urged Docklanders to keep their wits about them, with the looming footy season, as crowds offer the perfect setting for opportunistic crime.

On March 16, a man had his wallet stolen as he enjoyed a drink prior to a football game at Etihad Stadium.

“Opportunistic crime is prevalent where there are large crowds, so make sure you are aware of your surroundings and possessions,” Sen-Sgt Wilmott said.

March also saw number plates stolen from vehicles parked in Aurora Lane in NewQuay.

The thefts occurred on March 9 and March 10, with no suspects currently.

Sen-Sgt Wilmott again urged locals who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area to contact Crime Stoppers or Melbourne West Police Station.

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