Authorities urge and encourage the people of Cheltenham to stay vigilant and cautious all the time. These police warnings and reminders resulted from a series of incidents that transpired this October.
The detectives from Kingston Crime Investigation Volume Crime Unit are now investigating and setting up APB (all-points bulletin) due to stealthy theft from a car in Cheltenham and subsequent deceptions.
These unfortunate events happened between 8:30 pm on 10 October, and 6:00 am on 11 October, where an unknown culprit who managed to steal a wallet and glasses from a parked vehicle in Evergreen Circuit caught the attention of investigators.
Moreover, detectives tracked down the credit cards from the stolen wallet. They believed that the culprit used the credit cards to make purchases from service stations and convenience stores in different locations – Carnegie, Caulfield, Elsternwick, Bentleigh, and McKinnon. This deception and false identification via credit card usage occurred between 6:15 am, and 7:10 am on 11 October.
Hence, detectives released images of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their speculations and inquiries. According to eyewitnesses and different interrogations, the man is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, at his late 20 years of age, and with facial hair.
The following are some reminders and tips from law enforcement to avoid theft and deception:
- Always trust your instincts. If something feels not right and off, check your surroundings, your home, and even your car – better to be safe than sorry.
- Always be suspicious of any aloof and cold calls from people identifying themselves as people working from a bank. This is not the kind of approach banks or credit card companies usually do or conduct their businesses.
- Always safe-keep your personal belongings and never leave them in the car. Belongings seen inside your car entice the offenders to break in your vehicle.
- Always remember never to reveal your full passwords or log in credentials and details. Keep in mind that banks never ask for your PIN code, password, or the whole security number.
- Always keep sensitive information to yourself alone, other trusted family members, and friends. Do not give any details of your domestic security or confidential information, potential periods of unoccupancy, or details of any valuable items.
Those who may have essential information to solve this case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. You may reach out to them on 1800 333 000. Another option is to submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Stay vigilant and safe.