Man arrested after Caltex servo stickup for ciggies in Altona North

Police arrested a man in Werribee on Sunday following a crime spree in Melbourne’s west, where it is alleged the man armed himself with a knife and held up the Caltex service station in Altona North.

It is alleged the man, who has since been identified as Chad Loft of Melton, attended the Caltex petrol station on Horsburgh Drive in Altona North just before 3.30am on September 29. He produced a knife before fleeing the scene with cigarettes.

The same man is alleged to have been involved in an aggravated carjacking on Raleigh Street, Essendon about 11.15am that morning, where a Subaru was stolen. No one was injured during the incident and the 34-year-old victim’s car has since been recovered.

About 1pm, a second aggravated carjacking is alleged to have taken place outside a fast food restaurant on the Western Highway, Burnside. It is alleged a man armed with a knife demanded the 62-year-old victim’s possessions before fleeing in his Holden Cruze.

About 12am on September 30, police were called to reports of a man armed with a knife at an address on Lyall Street, Werribee. The man barricaded himself in the home and was arrested by members from the Critical Incident Response Team a short time later.

A conducted energy device was used during the arrest, with the 40-year-old Melton man taken to hospital under police guard for assessment. No one else was inside the property at the time.

The man is expected to be charged with 17 offences, including two counts of aggravated carjacking, armed robbery, obtain property by deception, commit indictable offence while on bail, assault police and driving-related matters.

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