Police Charge Man After Thomastown Arson Attack

Detectives from Taskforce Lunar have this afternoon charged a man following an arson attack at a reception centre in Thomastown last week.

A search warrant was executed at a residential address in St Albans shortly before 9am this morning.

A 20-year-old St Albans man has been charged with two counts of criminal damage by fire, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, theft of motor vehicle and commit indictable offence whilst on bail.

He will appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

The charges follow an incident on Thursday, 22 February where emergency services were called to reports of a fire at a reception centre on Settlement Road in Thomastown shortly after 6am.

Nobody was physically injured during the incident, but the building sustained significant damage.

Investigators believe the venue was likely targeted due to an event scheduled to be held there.

Anyone with information on any organised crime activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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