Suspect, 14, found in search
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.