Geelong woman remanded over Macedon Ranges thefts

Police briefs

A Geelong woman has been remanded in custody after being arrested over $25,000 worth of thefts from hairdressing salons, cafes and retail stores in Kyneton, Woodend, Romsey and Lancefield. 

Kyneton police Detective Sergeant Steve Cole said the woman, 35, had been charged over a series of thefts of cash, equipment and other items dating back to August last year. 

Many of the items stolen are yet to be recovered. 

The woman, who was arrested on June 6, will face court at a later date.

Stranger danger

Parents are being urged to remind their children about ‘‘stranger danger’’ as investigations continue into recent incidents near Macedon Ranges schools. 

A New Gisborne Primary School pupil was asked by a man if he wanted a ride while walking alone on Station Street on May 26. 

The same week, police received a report that a toilet door was kicked while a Kyneton Primary School pupil was inside, while Romsey students also reported being spoken to by a stranger.

Detective Sergeant Steve Cole said while no actual offences had been detected, extra patrols were being conducted around schools in the area.

Hotel fight

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man received minor injuries in a fight at a Sunbury hotel. 

Detective Senior Constable Peta Rouse said the man was approached by four other men before being assaulted on the dance floor at the Royal Hotel about 12.25am on May 24. 

One of the men was wearing a white T-shirt and had tattoos on his neck and down both arms. Anyone with information is being urged to phone Hume criminal investigation unit on 9302 8211 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.