Man found dead after allegedly failing to rob muffin store

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A man died in a suspected hit-and-run shortly after he attempted to rob a cafe in the town of Daylesford, north-west of Melbourne.

The 58-year-old man was discovered by a pedestrian on the street near the town centre just after 6.30am on Tuesday.

Detectives are hoping to speak to anyone who may have seen a man behaving erratically in the area.Credit: Nine

Nine News reported that the Creswick man had attempted to rob Muffins and More on Albert Street just after dawn. The passerby attempted to revive the man by administering CPR, but he had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

Police are investigating whether the man was struck by a vehicle on Bridport Street between 6.10am and 6.30am.

Detectives from Victoria Police’s major collision investigation unit are hoping to speak to anyone who was driving on the street or may have seen a man behaving erratically in the area at the time.

“At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious,” police said in a statement.

Police are investigating after a man was found dead on the street in Daylesford.Credit: Nine

Muffins and More employee Juliette Scanlan described the incident as “pretty terrifying”. “This gentleman has obviously just come in thinking he could get some money,” she told Nine.

The owner of Muffins and More, who has only recently taken over the business, was inside the store when the man attempted to rob it, Scanlan said. “She would have been in there making the food, the muffins and things,” she said.

Anyone with information, dashcam footage or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log onto

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