Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
CASTERTON police have labelled thieves who stole and damaged Christmas decorations in the town as “brainless idiots”.
Police are incensed over the theft and damage to a number of tree guard decorations in the central business district overnight on Sunday.
Sergeant Bernard Reid, of Casterton, said four tree guards were stolen and three were damaged.
“It all happened in a 12-hour period,” Sgt Reid said.
“The Casterton traders put the decorations up on Sunday night and they were still working up until 9pm.
“Police are not impressed with the brainless idiots who think it’s their right to do such a thing.
“The people who put the decorations up are working for the betterment of the community. The guards are valued at $75 each, so there’s $525 worth of damage.
“They’ll (tree guards) have to be replaced or done away with now.”
Sgt Reid is seeking information from any person(s) who may have witnessed any activity in the streets of Casterton overnight on Sunday.
Any person with information is asked to contact either Sgt Bernard Reid or Senior Constable Shane Kelly at the police station, or phone 5581Ê1024.
Casterton police are also investigating a couple of minor assaults in the central business district on Saturday night. Sgt Reid said no-one was seriously injured during the alleged assaults.
Meanwhile Hamilton police are investigating the theft of two motor vehicles on Saturday night.
Acting Sergeant Rick Jacobs, of Hamilton, said one vehicle was stolen from Brown St while the other was taken from the rear of a Hamilton hotel.
Act Sgt Jacobs said both vehicles were red in color. One was a 1990 Ford sedan and other a 1990 Mitsubishi sedan.
Police are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts or observes a vehicle parked in an unfamiliar locality to contact Hamilton police on 5572Ê1999.