Missing mail: Man charged with stealing packages during Melbourne’s lockdown

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Police have recovered $10,000 worth of packages, including children's toys, power tools, and high-end liquor, allegedly stolen from the post during Melbourne's lockdown.

Police say they have recovered 67 packages allegedly stolen from intended recipients on the Mornington Peninsula.

Victoria Police and Australia Post launched a joint investigation after packages continued to go missing around the Rosebud, Rye, Tootgarook, Portsea, and Sorrento areas from August to October.

A Mount Waverley man has been accused of stealing $10,000 worth of packages between August and October.Credit:Ryan Stuart

On October 21, police raided the Mount Waverley home of 24-year-old man and allegedly discovered the packages, which have a combined value of about $10,000.

The items included designer shoes, children’s toys, power tools, kitchen appliances, fitness equipment, homewares, cosmetics, computer accessories, high-end liquor, personalised gifts, and electronic devices.

Police have begun delivering the packages to the intended recipients, including a grandmother who bought a backyard soccer set for her grandson to use during lockdown.

The Sri Lankan national was charged with criminal theft and theft of mail articles.

He was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates' Court on July 20.

Anyone with information in relation to parcel theft is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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