Three charged as po­lice tar­get car crime

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

EL­LEN­BROOK po­lice have charged three peo­ple af­ter a spate of damage to cars in the sub­urb.

Of­fi­cer-in-charge Wal­ter Bri­er­ley said this type of crime had re­cently been a fo­cus for po­lice of­fi­cers in the area.

He said steal­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles and damage of­ten hap­pened at night and could re­sult in win­dows be­ing smashed on parked cars and items be­ing stolen.

“I in­structed my team to fo­cus to nip­ping this crime spike in the bud,” he said.

Fol­low­ing this in­for­ma­tion, less than 10 hours later po­lice charged a 14year-old boy with two counts of steal­ing from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, one count of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of prop­erty, seven counts of fraud and breach of bail.

An 18-year-old man was charged with three counts of steal­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles and seven counts of fraud and a 17-year-old boy was charged with three counts of steal­ing from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and seven counts of fraud.

Se­nior Sergeant Bri­er­ley said al­though po­lice would al­ways in­ves­ti­gate th­ese types of crimes, it was prefer­able to pre­vent them oc­cur­ring in the first place.

“You can help us by re­mov­ing valu­ables from your parked cars, en­sur­ing you lock the doors and wind up the win­dows of your cars when you are not in at­ten­dance,” he said

Mr Bri­er­ley also en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to fol­low the El­len­brook Po­lice Twit­ter @El­len­brookPol page for up­dates on crime.

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