Stopping vehicle thieves in tracks
THEFTS of a Mercedes and Range Rover, and subsequent police pursuits, have prompted officers to warn western suburbs luxury car owners to install vehicle tracking devices.
“Police have had a great deal of success in the past with tracking-type devices to locate stolen vehicles when they are still in the possession of offenders and some of these devices allow the stolen car to be remotely immobilised,” Senior Sergeant Neil MortonSmith said.
The Mercedes was taken from the garage of a Marapana Road, City Beach, house between 1am and 1.15pm last Wednesday.
“They jumped a rear side fence, got into the garage, searched a second vehicle and found the keys to a Mercedes convertible, while waiting outside was a black, stolen Ranger Rover,” Sen Sgt Morton-Smith said.
The three occupants of the Ranger Rover, which had been taken from an Iluka property on May 24, ran from police when it crashed on Stirling Highway, Mosman Park a short time a later.
The Mercedes and its occupants were pursued through North Fremantle but they avoided police. The convertible had not been recovered late last week.
“This theft is suspected to be part of a series of high-end vehicles being stolen in the area recently,” Sen Sgt Morton-Smith said.
A Lexus was taken from a Claremont home on May 14 and found dumped in Bayswater two days later.
Between May 11 and May 17, a Porsche Cayenne was taken from a Cottesloe house before it was found abandoned in Inglewood on May 20.