Man threatens staff during Mercy theft

Colac police have charged a man with aggravated burglary after he allegedly stole cash and threatened staff at Colac’s Mercy Place aged care centre.

Detective Acting Sergeant Chris Potter of Colac’s Crime Investigation Unit said a man allegedly broke into Mercy Place at 4.30am yesterday morning.

“He’s gotten inside the building and rifled through some of the rooms, including a room where staff keep their belongings,” Det Potter said.

“He took cash and purses belonging to staff as well as residents,” he said.

A police spokeswoman said a man threatened Mercy Place workers with a billiard cue before fleeing the building.

Det Potter said the workers had attempted to capture the man.

“Staff there did an excellent job of protecting residents from the man and they tried to catch him but he escaped,” he said.

Colac police searched the city for the man and found a man hiding in bushes near Colac Railway Station.

“We caught him at the station around quarter to five in the morning and he’ll front Geelong Magistrate’s Court,” Det Potter said.

Police charged a 44-year-old Apollo Bay man with aggravated burglary, unlawful assault, assault of police, resisting arrest and four counts of theft.

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