Two charged af­ter spate of al­most 100 car thefts

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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