CRIM­I­NALS ALSO LIKE PAYPASS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

CASHLESS pay­ment – you know, the type where you swipe your credit card and do not need a PIN – is very con­ve­nient, which is why thieves love them as well. What hap­pens in th­ese crimes is the crook gets hold of a card, the vast ma­jor­ity of time it's from an un­locked car, and then vis­its as many shops as they can in the amount of time be­fore the card gets dis­abled. So how many shops can they visit? We are reg­u­larly see­ing more than 10 trans­ac­tions on a card. The frus­trat­ing thing for us is how pre­ventable this crime is. Don't leave your wal­let or hand­bag in your car. - Act­ing Senior Sergeant Nathan Tren­berth

1 CLOVERDALE

PO­LICE are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on a se­ri­ous as­sault in Welsh­pool that left a Cloverdale man with se­vere in­juries. About 4am on April 4 the man was found by a mem­ber of the pub­lic slumped in the driver's seat of his sil­ver Ford Fal­con, reg­is­tra­tion 1EXJ 077, at the cor­ner of Kew­dale Road and Col­lie Street. He had sus­tained se­ri­ous head and leg in­juries and his car had also been dam­aged. Po­lice be­lieve his in­juries were con­sis­tent with an as­sault, per­haps in­volv­ing more than one of­fender and a blunt ob­ject. The man (33) was taken to hospi­tal and al­though he has since been re­leased, he con­tin­ues to need med­i­cal treat­ment. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity the man was as­saulted close to where he was found. If you have any in­for­ma­tion, call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or make a re­port on­line at www.crimestop­pers.com.au.

2 RIVER­VALE

A RIVER­VALE man will ap­pear in court next month af­ter a hoon in­ci­dent. About 2.10am on May 5, a 26year-old man al­legedly drove a Honda Ac­cord sedan east on Gra­ham Farmer Free­way Tun­nel in East Perth. The ve­hi­cle was trav­el­ling be­tween 170 and 180km/ h. The driver missed hit­ting the rear end of an­other ve­hi­cle, swerved and spun out of con­trol be­fore crash­ing into the con­crete bar­rier di­vid­ing the free­way. The im­pact caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the Honda and mi­nor dam­age to the bar­rier. The driver did not re­port the in­ci­dent at the time and made ar­range­ments to re­move the ve­hi­cle be­fore po­lice ar­rived. Of­fi­cers charged the man with reck­less driv­ing and fail­ing to re­port a traf­fic crash. He will ap­pear in Perth Mag­is­trates Court on June 15.

3 BELMONT

KENS­ING­TON de­tec­tives are seek­ing the iden­tity of a man to help with in­quiries into an armed rob­bery of­fence. About 1.50pm on April 30, an armed rob­bery oc­curred at BWS on Ep­som Av­enue in Belmont. The man in­volved was de­scribed as be­ing dark­skinned, of medium build and was wear­ing a grey short­sleeved shirt and dis­tinc­tive black Adi­das pants. If you know the iden­tity of this man, call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

4 COMO

PO­LICE were called to an in­ci­dent in Como about 7.50am last Thurs­day in­volv­ing a man on a bus and a stu­dent. In­for­ma­tion was re­ceived that a stu­dent on board was be­ing held against his will by a man who had also boarded. It was be­lieved he was armed with gar­den shears as a weapon. Po­lice took the man into cus­tody at the in­ter­sec­tion of Throssel and Thelma streets in Como. The stu­dent was not in­jured. The man was taken to hospi­tal for a med­i­cal as­sess­ment. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing held.

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