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Vic names eight most-wanted fugitives

AAP logoAAP 14/08/2016 By Kaitlyn Offer

An alleged would-be murderer who has a soft spot for injured wildlife, drug traffickers and alleged child sex attackers are among a group of eight men named as Victoria's most wanted criminals in a national campaign.

Operation Roam was launched by Crime Stoppers on Monday to find fugitives believed to have fled interstate.

Eight out of the 19 men wanted across Australia come from Victoria.

The Victorians include Graham Gene Potter who's accused of conspiring to commit murder and drug trafficking in 2008.

Potter was last seen in remote Queensland in 2010 and is known to prefer staying in rural communities.

"He's involved with some significant organised crime figures in Victoria," Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.

"He has an interest in animals and helping injured animals and things like that, so people might recognise him from some of those efforts because I don't believe people change their habits in that regard."

James Mahoney, 79, is wanted in relation to a 1988 sexual assault of two 13-year-old boys he allegedly lured to his home - on the promise girls were there - before feeding them alcohol.

He was charged but failed to appear in court.

Mr Fontana said elderly fugitives could blend into a community.

"We're not always looking for people who might be on pensions, or are elderly, that are wanted for some of these serious offences," he said.

Many fugitives change their appearance, cut ties with friends and family and use false identification to hide from authorities, the assistant commissioner said.

The complete list of fugitives is available at fugitivehunt.com.au.

VICTORIA'S MOST WANTED

* Anthony Sitar - drug trafficking

* Daryl Dean Wellington - recklessness

* Eugene Thomas Rumjahn - theft, deception offences

* Graham Gene Potter - conspiracy to murder, drug trafficking

* James Mahoney - sexual assault

* Lullo Pata - sexual assault

* Robert Douglas Cairns - aggravated burglary, weapons, threats to kill, serious assault

* Thuc Van Chu - large quantity of narcotic plants

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