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Stolen ute tracked

A GPS device installed in a work ute stolen from Coleraine has led to two men’s arrests and a tradie recovering around $10,000 worth of tools.

Hamilton Police criminal investigation unit (CIU) detective sergeant, Mark James said the white Mazda ute was stolen from a Coleraine address about midnight on Friday.

The work vehicle had a GPS device installed, Det Sgt James said, which allowed police to track it to a property in Mill Street in Mortlake.

About 11.30am Saturday Hamilton CIU detectives, with support from Warrnambool, Mortlake and Lismore, attended the property and arrested two males after “a short foot pursuit”.

The 21-year-old Mortlake man and the 27-year-old Norlane man were conveyed to Warrnambool, where they were interviewed, charged with vehicle theft offences and remanded into custody.

They appeared before the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday, but their cases were not finalised in time for print.

Det Sgt James said police also found a second vehicle, which had been stolen from a property in Jan Juc, on the Surf Coast, a couple of days earlier.

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