Thief dies after attempting to steal a $15 charity tin from Geelong takeaway store


Thief dies in hospital after attempting to steal a $15 charity tin from a takeaway store when he was allegedly confronted by a local resident with a baseball bat

  • Man, 48, dies in hospital after he was confronted by a resident wielding a bat
  • It’s believed the man had tried to steal a charity tin from a takeaway store
  • Police were called to the store at Corio near Geelong about 5am on Monday
  • A 31-year-old Corio man was interviewed by police but later released 

A suspected thief attempting to steal a charity tin containing $15 has died after a fight during the alleged break-in at a fish and chip shop in Geelong.

The 48-year-old Norlane man suffered life-threatening injuries after he was allegedly confronted by a resident with a baseball bat while breaking into the Corio shop on Monday morning.

He died in hospital on Thursday afternoon, police confirmed.

Police were called to Ray’s Fish &Chips and Pizza shop on Corangamite Dr in Corio after reports of a fight between two men at about 5am on Monday.

Shattered glass and dropped donation tins were spotted at the scene.

Police were called to Ray's Fish &Chips and Pizza shop in Corio after reports of a fight between two men at about 5am on Monday. A 48-year-old Norlane man later died in hospital after he was allegedly attacked when caught trying to steal a charity tin containing $15 from the store

Police were called to Ray’s Fish &Chips and Pizza shop in Corio after reports of a fight between two men at about 5am on Monday. A 48-year-old Norlane man later died in hospital after he was allegedly attacked when caught trying to steal a charity tin containing $15 from the store

The local resident involved in the confrontation, a 31-year-old Corio man, was interviewed by homicide detectives and released pending further inquiries

The local resident involved in the confrontation, a 31-year-old Corio man, was interviewed by homicide detectives and released pending further inquiries

The resident involved in the confrontation, a 31-year-old Corio man, was interviewed by homicide detectives and released pending further inquiries.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton told Melbourne radio station 3AW further investigation was necessary and it was ‘too early to say’ whether the man with the bat would be charged.

‘We have to investigate the matter fully, given the life-threatening circumstances of that person who is in hospital,’ Mr Patton said before the man had died.

‘We have the Homicide Squad investigating. They will be stepping through all of the circumstances, all of the forensic evidence and, as I understand, they interviewed the other male who is involved.’

He urged anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward in what was a ‘complex’ investigation. 

Shattered glass and dropped donation tins were spotted at Ray's Fish &Chips and Pizza shop in Corio after the early morning altercation

Shattered glass and dropped donation tins were spotted at Ray’s Fish &Chips and Pizza shop in Corio after the early morning altercation

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