Sus­pect, 14, found in search

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

Mil­lars Well be­came the site of a large-scale po­lice foot chase to find an al­leged bur­glar in breach of his bail con­di­tions last week.

After a 14-year-old ju­ve­nile con­sid­ered a pro­lific of­fender by po­lice was re­leased in Kar­ratha on bail at the week­end, of­fi­cers found he had al­legedly breached his cur­few con­di­tion, and days later they were in­formed a per­son match­ing his de­scrip­tion had been in­volved in some bur­glar­ies.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said be­cause the boy’s his­tory pre­sented a “very high” risk of re­of­fend­ing, the sta­tion sent out “ev­ery­one work­ing who wasn’t chained to a desk” to find him.

About 15 of­fi­cers cor­doned off the area where the al­leged of­fender was last seen, around Atkin­son Way and sur­round­ing streets, and searched house to house and back­yards for about three hours.

They even­tu­ally founded him on the roof of a house, where he sur­ren­dered. The al­leged of­fender ap­peared be­fore Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court last week charged with breach­ing the con­di­tions of his bail.

Sen. Sgt Stevens said po­lice con­ducted ex­ten­sive searches like this only in cer­tain cir­cum­stances and with help from the pub­lic.

“We would re­ally like to thank the peo­ple in the area who called,” he said.

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