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Maribyrnong House was looted three days after the flood

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Victoria Police have confirmed they are investigating the alleged burglary and will be patrolling flood-hit parts of Maribyrnong, where some soaked homes are now empty.

“It is believed the male entered the home, which was unoccupied at the time, and stole several personal items before fleeing the area,” a police spokesman said.

“The man at that time was wearing tight clothes, a hat and covered his face.

“It is understood that two other men remained in the vehicle during the incident.”

On Monday morning, Darren’s riverside home remained covered in mud, with a pile of furniture outside, all covered in thick mud.

He said it appears the thief forced open his front door, ransacked the house and filled sacks with his family’s belongings.

Emergency Commissioner Andrew Crisp said: “We see the absolute best behavior from all our Victorians” but “unfortunately we also see the absolute worst behaviour”. And I’ve seen that in a number of emergency situations over many, many years.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said Victoria Police would not tolerate criminals who took advantage of the vulnerability of flood victims.

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“In these very difficult times, we see the best of the Victorian spirit – people looking after each other and doing quite extraordinary things – and then we see some other behavior that is really, really bad,” he said.

Darren and his wife have placed their children in other homes while they make their home livable, but he said he would put up with the stench and dirt to ensure it was occupied in the coming days.

“I did not expect all this. We locked the door as much as we could,” he lamented.

Despite the theft, he said the outpouring of support from neighbors and friends has been heartening.

Anyone who witnessed the incident on Monday morning or has dashcam or CCTV footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential crime report on www.crimestoppers.com.au

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