Police query youths over joy ride spree
Police are interviewing seven juveniles they say are connected to alleged joy rides between Tom Price to Karratha involving loose keys, five stolen cars and salt flats.
Tom Price Sergeant Kevin Jones said they were investigating the involvement of the youths in several alleged stolen motor vehicles cases, which started on October 8.
He said the first car was stolen from a house in Tom Price after the owner left their keys on the back patio table. It was later found in the Tom Price light industrial area with no damage.
The next night, Sgt Jones said two resources company cars were stolen from the Windawarri Lodge after keys were left in the ignition of both.
One was found abandoned on a bush track 9km from Tom Price on October 10, while the other was found 50km from Karratha.
Police interviewed a juvenile about the stolen cars on October 14 and through further investigations discovered a fourth car had been stolen on October 9 from the Paraburdoo Airport.
Sgt Jones said the car had also been left unlocked with the keys in it.
It was found bogged in the salt flats behind the Balmoral Road caravan park on October 14 by Karratha’s Volume Crime Unit, along with a fifth car that had been stolen in Karratha on October 10.
So far, four juveniles have been interviewed and police are seeking to talk with three others.
Three youths have been charged with several motor vehicle theft charges.
Sgt Jones said Pilbara residents simply needed to lock up their gear.
“That goes for any property in your house,” he said. “Don’t leave things in your car… and don’t leave your keys lying around.”