ITEMS LEFT IN CARS ARE EASY PICKINGS
THIEVES continue to target mourners at Karrakatta Cemetery. Senior Sergeant Murray Geneff said two handbags were taken from the boots of mourners’ cars between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on January 9, and 1.15pm to 1.30pm the following day. “Someone has obviously watched and seen the bags being hidden as they’ve then gone and popped the boots,” Sgt Geneff said. However, it is suspected the thefts are
People are still leaving valuables in cars. We had 15 thefts from cars in one night last week. The items taken included wallets, coins, iPods and handbags. These items should not be left in cars. Summer is a time when thieves prey on those who leave these things in their vehicles. They will smash your car's window and make your day miserable. Help us help you by not leaving valuable items in your car at any time. - Senior Sergeant Carole Vernon
unconnected to the smashing of at least five car windows and mourners’ valuables being taken at the cemetery in a spate before Christmas.
CONTROLLED drugs and the safe they were stored in were taken from a vet’s clinic at Bishop Street overnight on January 10. Police said the quantity of drugs had yet to be determined but the surgery was raided a year ago and a door was forced open before the most recent robbery.
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DETECTIVES arrested alleged burglars about an hour after a credit card and a laptop were taken from an Oak Lane garage about 12.30am on January 9. Sgt Geneff said soon after the burglary, the credit card was used for purchases at the Scarborough Beach Road BP Service Station in North Perth, before it was used at McDonald’s Restaurant, North Perth 55 minutes later. A Padbury man (33) and a Beeliar man (31) were arrested at the restaurant before being charged with burglary, attempted fraud, fraud and stealing. They were remanded in custody to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on February 1.
A MANDURAH man (30) is in Royal Perth Hospital with severe injuries after he crashed a VW Tiguan 4WD on the Mitchell Freeway after it was allegedly taken from an Esplanade home overnight on January 10. Sgt Geneff said the Tiguan was “wrapped” around a tree at the Hutton Street southbound exit of the freeway and the man had to be cut free before he was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital, where he was still being treated late last week. The vehicle’s female owner was only aware of the theft after police went to her home the day after the crash, when an open laundry window was found. The man has been charged with burglary and stealing a motor vehicle and will appear in court at a later date.
A MAN breaking into a car used an iron pole when he threatened the vehicle’s owner at a carpark near a public basketball court on Dodd Street at 5.55pm on January 10. Sgt Geneff said the man was seen getting out of a white Toyota station wagon, registration 1BXI 707, breaking into another vehicle, whose owner approached the thief while filming the crime on his mobile phone. “The offender demanded the phone and threatened him with a metal pole, before driving off,” Sgt Geneff said. The man was described as aged in his mid-30s, 180cm tall and medium build, brown hair, and wearing black trousers and a grey top.
BOYS reported to be aged 12-13 stole three bottles of spirits from the BWS bottleshop, Cambridge Street at 12.50pm on January 10. Both were described as slim with dark complexions, while one wore Nike shoes, a grey hat, brown shorts and a black shirt, and the other had on a Nike shirt, black shorts and a black jumper.