Police bust young car thief Crackdown takes effect
A TEENAGER who broke into a man’s house while he was sleeping and stole his car was caught red handed by police yesterday morning.
Kirwan police officer-incharge Senior-Sergeant Gary Eddiehausen said the incident occurred in Fraser St, Cranbrook about 3.30am yesterday.
Sen-Sgt Eddiehausen said the offender broke into the home through a sliding glass door and crept into the victim’s room, stealing a wallet and a set of car keys.
The teenager then allegedly went downstairs, removed a louvre so he could get into a store room and pushed the victim’s 1998 Holden Astra sedan out on to the road.
‘‘ A witness noticed the of- fender pushing the outside,’’ Sen-Sgt hausen said.
‘‘ The offender drove the vehicle away from the address and later he bogged the vehicle at Barcelona St in Heatley.’’
Sen-Sgt Eddiehausen said the teenager was spotted abandoning the vehicle and fleeing towards Charles St.
‘‘ At about 5am, officers from Kirwan police station observed this person and he was taken into custody,’’ he said.
Sen-Sgt Eddiehausen said the boy was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary after he was handed over to detectives.
‘‘ It was good work by the witness who advised police and forwarded on the infor- vehicle Eddie- mation,’’ he said.
‘‘ It was also good work by the officers who were out patrolling in that area.’’
The vehicle was returned t o t h e o wner y e s t e r d a y morning.
Sen-Sgt Eddiehausen said the boy was also in possession of a mountain bike and police were still investigating to determine whether it was stolen.
The Kirwan police boss said the number of break-ins had decreased i n recent weeks, which he attributed to the wet weather, but also the amount of notorious property offenders police had already captured.
‘‘ Police in this division are undertaking curfew checks of persons who have been issued court-ordered curfews,’’ he said.
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