Man charged with Wallan carjacking

By Evelyn Leckie

Police have charged a Thomastown man, 18, following an alleged attempted carjacking on a young mother in Wallan earlier this month.

The young mother was allegedly held at gunpoint at her Bridgewater Parkway home, with the man asking her to step away from her car containing her young niece in the backseat.

The mother’s partner managed to tackle the man to the ground, before a short scuffle ensued – the offender then fled the scene.

Sergeant Bob Derrett from the Mitchell Criminal Investigations Unit said police arrested the man in Macleod last night.

He faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this morning.

“We found that after the Wallan incident, he went to Kilmore and stole petrol from the Sydney Street Coles Express petrol station, he went to Kyneton and tried another carjacking on another female victim,” Sgt Derrett said.

The allegedly stolen car the Thomastown man was driving during the Wallan incident was eventually dumped in far eastern Victoria.  

“It was a cowardly act to target young female drivers,” Sgt Derrett said.

More in next week’s North Central Review.