Any of this yours? Police reveal $100K haul
Police are trying to track the owners of property believed to have been stolen from unlocked cars in Melbourne's inner west over the past year.
Detectives seized 300 items, valued at more than $100,000 in total, from a hoard in a house in Hampton Parade, West Footscray on Friday morning.
Among the items seized were wetsuits, mobile phones, power tools, a baby car seat, a labelling machine, several pairs of sunglasses, digital cameras and fishing-tackle boxes.
Detectives from the Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit charged a West Footscray man with theft-related offences and bailed him to appear in court at a later date.
Police are holding a public viewing for the items today between 4pm and 7pm at the Footscray police station.
Inspector Stephen Mutton warned theft from cars was often an opportunistic crime, but one that could be easily prevented.
"Offenders spot valuables inside cars and look for signs of hiding, such as a jacket thrown over or valuables being hidden under seats," he said.
“A number of these offences could have been avoided if the vehicles were locked.”
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.