A man arrested for an alleged spree of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts was disturbed by home owners at two different Toolamba properties while burgling them on Friday , police have said.
Police arrested the Shepparton man, 21, about 9pm Friday and he will appear in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court today.
Detective Senior Constable Mick Guppy of Shepparton police’s Crime Investigation Unit said the man had been charged with about 65 dishonesty offences.
They relate to alleged offending in Shepparton, Cobram and Toolamba between May and June.
Det Sen Const Guppy said it was estimated the value of the alleged spree was upwards of $100000.
Police said the man was found in the vicinity of an alleged burglary on Murchison-Toolamba Rd, Toolamba, after being disturbed by the home’s occupants.
The dog squad was used to track and find the man.
Earlier in the day, the man had been disturbed by home owners after being caught allegedly going through the shed of a property on Pogue Rd, Toolamba, about 1.30pm.
He fled, sparking a manhunt.
Initial reports suggested police were looking for two men, but police said yesterday it was believed only one man was involved in the alleged Friday burglaries.
Det Sen Const Guppy said it was not believed anything had been taken during the two alleged burglaries.
He said the man was known to police.
A large-scale search involving several police units and an air and dog squad was launched on Friday afternoon.
Units had been stationed at major intersections in the town, as well as a number of back roads and in bushland.
Anyone with information on the incidents should phone Shepparton police on 58205777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.