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Nappies, baby formula and vitamins worth $13,000 seized in police raid

Two people have been charged in Melbourne’s west following an investigation into the alleged theft of $13,000 worth of goods, including baby formula, vitamins and nappies.

Brimbank Safer Communities Taskforce officers executed a search warrant at an address on Robinsons Road, Deer Park, about 11am Thursday.

Two charged in Deer Park raid as $13,000 in allegedly stolen nappies baby formula vitamins seized
Two people have been charged after $13,000 worth of allegedly stolen baby formula, vitamins and nappies were seized in Melbourne’s west. File/AAP

As a result, police seized a large amount of cash, along with more than $13,000 worth of allegedly stolen items, including nappies, paw paw ointment, Bio-Oil, vitamins, baby formula tins, underwear and toothpaste.

A 41-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were arrested at the scene. Both have been charged with multiple counts of handling stolen goods and possessing the proceeds of crime.

They have been bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on 14 January next year.

Police cracking down on baby formula theft

The raid comes one week after three men were charged over the theft of more than $160,000 in baby formula and vitamins in Laverton, also in Melbourne’s west.

Arrests after baby formula and vitamins stolen in Melbourne.
In a separate incident last week, a large truck containing 15 pallets of baby formula and vitamins was allegedly located in an industrial area of Laverton. Source: Victoria Police

Police allegedly found a truck containing 15 pallets of baby formula and vitamins in an industrial area of Laverton late last month, allegedly linked to the burglary of a Mt Waverley warehouse.

In Sydney, also late last month, a woman was charged after more than $200,000 cash and 4000 tins of baby formula were seized by police at Carlingford.

Investigators allegedly found those tins, as well as Manuka honey, large quantities of vitamins and other items, all of which are believed to have been stolen.