Stop­ping ve­hi­cle thieves in tracks

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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