Fred­die puts bite on al­leged thief

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

PO­LICE dog Fred­die bit an al­leged bur­glar armed with a small axe on the arm, al­low­ing of­fi­cers to make an ar­rest near Hobbs Street, Dalkeith about 3pm last Tues­day.

“It will be al­leged that af­ter flee­ing the house, the bur­glar was con­fronted by a wit­ness and he reached into his back­pack and pulled out a tom­a­hawk which he raised above his head,” Se­nior Sergeant Neil Mor­tonSmith said.

A Hobbs Street res­i­dent re­ported dis­turb­ing a man at his Hobbs Street home at 9.30am.

About 2.40pm, another Hobbs Street res­i­dent called po­lice say­ing she had in­ter­rupted a bur­glar who was in her sec­ond car parked on her drive­way as she drove in.

“She saw a lot of prop­erty loaded into the ve­hi­cle, and her prop­erty ly­ing on the ground,” Se­nior Sergeant Kate Vi­vian said.

It was later dis­cov­ered that all rooms in the woman’s home had been ran­sacked and searched.

Po­lice called in the dog squad and a he­li­copter and of­fi­cers chased the man on foot to­wards the Swan River.

Af­ter the man re­fused to stop, PD Fred­die was re­leased and chased the man through bush.

A Lock­ridge man (31) was charged with tres­pass, be­ing armed in a way that may cause fear, bur­glary and steal­ing, and he was re­manded in cus­tody to reap­pear in the Perth Mag­is­trates Court on July 7.

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