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Man in court over Melbourne crime spree

By AAP Newswire

A man has faced court after being charged over a crime spree in Melbourne's northwest, where ramraids on two supermarkets ended in a police shootout.

Joshua Eddy did not apply for bail in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, facing eight charges including two counts of burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and possessing ammunition.

The heavily-tattooed 27-year-old will face court again for a committal mention on December 17.

A man arrested alongside Eddy remains in hospital after being shot by police at Greenvale, where officers came under fire during Thursday's fracas.

Before the shooting, police received reports of an ATM being towed away from one supermarket, another being broken into and a police van being rammed.

Court documents show Eddy is accused of stealing an Isuzu tray truck worth $180,000 and a Bobcat excavator worth $110,000 on Wednesday from the Somerton-based company, Asphalt Tech Victoria.

He is also charged with stealing a Volkswagen Jetta valued at $10,000 from its private owner.

Eddy is further accused of trespassing at a Woolworths store and Claudio's IGA, both at Sunbury, with the intention of stealing.

He is charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, 1-4 Butanol.

At the hearing, Eddy's lawyer stressed he had mental health issues that would need to be managed while in custody.

"There is a history of ADHD, anxiety and depression, mental health issues," the lawyer said.

Eddy waved and made gestures to three people in the court's public gallery.

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