Seven from Sri Lanka, India charged over pick-pocketing rampage in Melbourne

17 JANUARY 2020 Police in Victoria have charged five Sri Lankans and two Indians over a series of pick-pocketing and thieving offences in Melbourne CBD.

According to Victoria Police, the accused offenders had been on their thieving rampage over the last two months.

Four of the seven offenders were arrested yesterday from Sunshine and Tarneit for offences on train and tram networks as well as at popular shopping precincts across Melbourne’s CBD, police said in a statement today.

The other three were arrested from Albion on 7 January.

“We investigated a series of organised and often opportunistic pick pocketing and thefts which were occurring for approximately two months across the city, in shopping precincts and on trams and trains,” Sgt Chris O’Brien said.

“Rest assured Victoria Police takes this type of offending seriously, and our message to anyone out there looking to prey on those going about their everyday business is that you will be arrested and held to account,” he further said.

The seven offenders, three of whom are women, are between 25 to 38 years of age.

Police said all were bailed and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 14 April.

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