Po­lice query youths over joy ride spree

Pilbara News - - News - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

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.”

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