Se­cu­rity call fol­low­ing truck theft

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

IN­CREASED se­cu­rity with­out com­pro­mis­ing ease of ac­cess to volunteer bush­fire brigade equip­ment is needed fol­low­ing last week’s theft of a fire truck, ac­cord­ing to Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei.

A four-wheel-drive ute fit­ted with fire­fight­ing equip­ment was stolen from the Spring­field Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade out­side Pem­ber­ton about 2am on Oc­to­ber 1.

The equip­ment was re­moved and was found dumped in the Greater Beedelup Na­tional Park.

Cr Omodei said it was a shame some­one would com­mit such an act against a volunteer or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The ef­fect is quite se­ri­ous as vol­un­teers need to have quick ac­cess to their equip­ment in an emer­gency,” he said. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way and we will find a way to make it more se­cure with­out com­pro­mis­ing vol­un­teers’ ac­cess.”

Cr Omodei added there had been a “breach of trust” in hav­ing a valu­able re­source stolen.

“Vol­un­teers give up their time for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The com­mu­nity is out­raged by the event and I hope the au­thor­i­ties give those re­spon­si­ble their just desserts.”

He said pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to higher se­cu­rity in­cluded a Neigh­bour­hood Watch ar­range­ment and/or CCTV cam­eras.

A 30-year-old Warnbro man ap­peared in Ar­madale Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day on charges of pos­ses­sion of stolen or un­law­fully ob­tained prop­erty, three counts of steal­ing, driv­ing with a forged, replica or false plate, three counts of hav­ing no author­ity to drive, steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and cannabis and metham­phetamine pos­ses­sion.

The man was ar­rested on Thurs­day after he was caught on cam­era dur­ing an al­leged fuel drive-off at Pre­ston Beach near Man­durah, al­legedly driv­ing the fire truck with­out its fire­fight­ing equip­ment and iden­ti­fy­ing livery re­moved.

The public can con­tact Pem­ber­ton po­lice on 9776 1202 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 with any in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent.

The rear tray of the Spring­field Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade fire truck was lo­cated in the Greater Beedelup Na­tional Park after it was stolen from its shed out­side Pem­ber­ton.

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