Two charged after spate of almost 100 car thefts
WEMBLEY police have charged two men after a crackdown on at least 96 thefts from cars from North Perth to Nedlands.
“It’s been caused by a mixture of people leaving their cars unlocked and offenders using tools to smash car windows when they see something valuable left visible in cars,” Senior Sergeant Dave Stevenson said of the fourweek spree.
He said the most affected suburbs included North Perth, Mt Hawthorn, Wembley, Leederville, Subiaco and Nedlands, culminating in eight of the incidents being reported the night before the four-day operation started on July 16.
“If you look at the averages for the previous month, then it’s at least three a day,” Sgt Stevenson said.
Perth police recorded thefts from 15 cars during the West Coast Eagles-Adelaide Crows AFL game on July 11.
Sgt Stevenson organised the operation with Perth police, police dogs and members of the regional operations group.
It will be alleged that a large amount of coins, stolen property including a two-way radio, phone chargers and rucksacks, were in an allegedly stolen Mitsubishi Magna searched by members of the operation in a Leederville street about 11.50pm on July 19.
“It will be alleged that in the car there were also five sets of stolen registration plates,” Sgt Stevenson said.
The car was reported stolen in High Wycombe on July 15, after which there was a burglary at other addresses in the suburb when a laptop and an unrecovered high-powered rifle were taken.
A Girrawheen man (45) has been charged with car theft, stealing and possession of stolen property, and a man of no fixed address is charged with possessing stolen property, and both have been bailed to reappear in court at a later date.