WE ARE CRACK­ING DOWN ON BULDING SITE THEFT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

WE are con­duct­ing Op­er­a­tion Drum in con­junc­tion with Merid­ian Ser­vices’ BUSTED (Builders United to Stop Theft) pro­gram to try to curb build­ing site crime. Many houses un­der con­struc­tion in the area are the tar­get of thieves who are steal­ing things such as sinks, cook tops, dish­wash­ers, ovens, in­su­la­tion and ce­ment. My ad­vice to prop­erty own­ers is that if they know their white­goods are go­ing to be de­liv­ered or in­stalled at a cer­tain time, touch base with the de­liv­ery peo­ple and make sure they can be se­cured if houses aren’t at lockup stage. Gen­er­ally steal­ing from cars con­tin­ues to be an is­sue, so I re­mind res­i­dents to take their prop­erty with them when they leave their cars.

A WOMAN was walk­ing on Walanna Drive in Karawara at lunchtime last Tues­day when an­other woman sud­denly snatched a mo­bile phone from her. A wit­ness con­fronted the of­fender and asked her to give back the phone to the woman. When con­fronted by the wit­ness the of­fender handed her an­other mo­bile phone not be­long­ing to the woman. The of­fender is de­scribed as an 18 to 25-year-old woman with slim build and black hair. Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions. ■ Thieves tar­geted a large num­ber of cars in the Water­ford shop­ping cen­tre car park in Karawara last week with hand­bags, wal­lets, mo­bile phones, ipads, GPS sys­tems and other valu­ables stolen. Po­lice are re­mind­ing peo­ple not to leave any valu­ables in their car. ■ A 32-year-old man from Thorn­lie has been charged with steal­ing and bur­glary of­fences af­ter al­legedly steal­ing an elec­tronic brick­paving saw ma­chine from the Ge­orge Bur­nett Leisure Cen­tre in Karawara on March 6. He is due to ap­pear in Perth Mag­is­trates Court in June. the 48-hour pe­riod in the sub­urbs of Man­ning, South Perth, Como and Water­ford.

COMO A 22-YEAR-OLD man was ar­rested at his Como res­i­dence af­ter po­lice acted on an out­stand­ing bench war­rant. When po­lice at­tended, the man al­legedly tried to give a false name. In­quiries are con­tin­u­ing. ■ Po­lice re­ceived re­ports of two ve­hi­cles bro­ken in to in Lock­hart Street in Como and five house break-ins in the Como area. This comes af­ter a spate of 17 bur­glar­ies in the re­gion in the past week. Other sub­urbs tar­geted by thieves in­clude South Perth, Lath­lain, Carlisle, Kens­ing­ton and East Vic­to­ria Park. ■ Po­lice pulled over a ve­hi­cle in Como and found guns and drugs af­ter a search. A 32year old Como man has been charged with pos­sess­ing un­li­censed ammunition and pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited drug. The man will ap­pear in court in April. SOUTH PERTH PO­LICE have laid fives charges against a man who was in pos­ses­sion of drugs, a large amount of cash, nu­mer­ous mo­bile phones and credit cards which were al­legedly stolen. The man was rid­ing his bi­cy­cle through South Perth and was stopped and searched af­ter po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity. ■ Po­lice are seek­ing not-so-cool thieves wear­ing Ray Bans af­ter sev­eral pairs of the de­sign­ers sun­glasses were stolen from a house in An­gelo Street in South Perth last week. If you have any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent please call 131 444. ■ Thieves are again tar­get­ing satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion units from parked cars in the South Perth area.. Five units have been stolen in the past week, with four of them stolen in one day. VIC­TO­RIA PARK A MAN has been charged with driv­ing with an un­se­cure load and fined $400 af­ter po­lice spot­ted a car in Sus­sex Street with an old couch tied loosely to the roof. The man found the couch on the side of the road and was col­lect­ing un­wanted items left on the verge as part of the Vic­to­ria Park Coun­cil’s road­side col­lec­tion this month. Po­lice are re­mind­ing peo­ple that if they are go­ing to carry an over­weight load, it needs to be se­cured ad­e­quately and legally. ■ Po­lice are still seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about the woman (pic­tured top, right) who al­legedly stole a wal­let from a 91-year-old man in a mo­bil­ity scooter. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in East Vic­to­ria Park ■ Po­lice re­port that coun­ter­feit notes are in cir­cu­la­tion, with shop own­ers in the South Perth area re­port­ing an in­crease in the fake notes. If you are un­sure of the au­then­tic­ity of the note, con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately on 131 444.

Se­nior Sergeant Shan­dell Cas­tle­dine

– Can­ning Vale Po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge

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