Victoria Police say they are “overwhelmed” by the community’s support in finding two children allegedly abducted from their Melbourne home.
A 36-year-old Mitcham man was charged with the alleged kidnapping of two children from their home in Melbourne, North Blackburn.
Victoria police will claim the man handcuffed and gagged the children’s mother, 32, in her home just before 9 a.m. on Monday morning before picking up the family’s black Mercedes Benz with a three-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl.
Police found the children in the stolen car on property on Cochrane Street early Monday evening.
Four people were arrested at the scene.
The 36-year-old was charged Tuesday with double kidnapping, major burglary, armed robbery, wrongful imprisonment, triple assault and theft of a vehicle.
Victoria Police Commander Mick Frewen reached out to the media on Tuesday, confirming that officials had “a lot more investigation underway” into the alleged kidnapping.
He said the investigation had become more difficult because the victim and her family spoke English as a second language.
Commander Frewen also said the amount of information provided by the community and the media was “really overwhelming” to the police.
“From a Victoria Police point of view, it was really uplifting to see how many people were genuinely interested and interested in getting involved in providing information and intelligence to the police,” he added.
“From our point of view, these are the kind of tests that get us out of bed every day and the overall result is really good.
“First and foremost for the family, but secondly for the Victoria Police, that we can recover the children without injuries and identify some interesting people with whom we would like to continue.”