OGILVIE Avenue turned into crime central at the weekend.
Early Sunday morning a white Holden Rodeo dual cab utility was torched and sometime overnight thieves struck at the Caltex and Shell service stations.
A police spokesman said the Rodeo had been parked on the roadside for a few days before being burnt.
He said witnesses told them the car was ablaze when first seen and by the time the CFA arrived it had been destroyed.
“There are reports that a man was seen in the vicinity of the vehicle at this time,” he said.
“And we are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward and contact Detective Sergeant Brendan Murphy at Echuca’s criminal investigations unit on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Police are also appealing for witnesses who may have noticed anything at the two service stations.
Thieves broke into the Caltex station through a small window overnight Saturday and the attack was discovered when staff arrived to open the business yesterday morning.
The station was sealed off all morning while forensic members processed the scene for fingerprints and other evidence.
Police said they were waiting on an inventory check to see how much might have actually been stolen at the Caltex break-in.
It is believed the same offenders also tried to get into the Shell station but they were unable to gain entry. They may also have been scared off by by-passers.