What you need to know about the Victorian house that’s been ransacked
A Victorian house has been rifled and robbed by an armed man, the police say.
Key points:The man stole the house from its owners in March, the day before it was due to be demolishedA man who was charged with stealing the Victorian home from its occupants was later released from custodyThe house has since been razed and the owner is being held in a local jailThe man was charged under a NSW Local Government Act in March and has since left Australia.
The house was on the verge of demolition, but the owner, a woman from Melbourne, was reluctant to let the house go without a fight.
The woman’s neighbours in the town of Waddenton, in the north-west of Victoria, had been living in the property for six years.
The couple had just recently bought a house, and were planning to make a profit on it.
“The man wanted to buy the property,” said Waddentown Police Assistant Commissioner Greg Crouch.
“We had a fight about it and he was released.
The police are now investigating the matter.”
Police said the property’s owners were aware of the armed man’s actions and were concerned for their safety.
“In the event the man was able to gain access to the property, the owner of the property would be required to leave the property without their consent,” a statement from the WaddenTown Police said.
“As a result of this, the property is currently closed and the occupants are being held by the Wensons in a police station.”
All residents are advised to contact Wadden Town police directly if they see suspicious activity in their neighbourhood.
“The woman is being detained in the Waverley Local Area Command in the south-east of Victoria.
The Victorian Police confirmed that the woman was arrested for the theft of the house and charged with criminal trespass.”
This matter will be dealt with through the Local Area Commander and the appropriate local court system.