Criminal afoot

A 43-YEAR-OLD Mernda man with a penchant for work boots was arrested and charged last week with theft and handling stolen goods.

Police arrested the man on Monday afternoon, November 13 following an appeal by police to the public for information on social media regarding the theft of shoes in the local area.
Members executed a search warrant at the man’s Falkirk Drive home and located a room full of piles of work boots and sneakers.

It’s alleged the shoes were taken from the front doors of homes in the Doreen, Mernda, Watsonia North and Craigieburn areas over the past six years.
He was bailed to appear in Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on April 13, 2018.
The shoes will be made available for identification by the public at a later date.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at