Christmas Grinch strikes again: police appeal for information on stolen rams in Willaura, near Ararat

Police are on the hunt for a Christmas grinch, who has stolen rams in the Ararat region.

The thefts, believed to be five stud merino rams, occurred between December 24 and 28 from a Parrie-Yalloak Road, Willaura, property.

The rams are identifiable by their ear tags and a stamp on their horns.

Police say there has been an increase in the number of reports of sheep thefts in western Victoria.

The Ararat Advertiserreported in December about sheep thefts in the Skipton district, with the stock valued at more than $35,000.

"We believe ​the ​offender ​is ​us​ing local roads​ during the​ late evening and early hours​ of the morning and transporting the sheep in stock crates on ​the ​back ​of ​utes or in trailers​,” Detective Senior Constable Wayne Ryan, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said at the time.

Anyone with information in relation to stock thefts in the Ararat area are requested to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.