Po­lice ar­rest wave of crime

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

PO­LICE be­lieve they have had a break­through in their at­tempts to ad­dress a re­cent crime wave in Mos­man Park, ar­rest­ing one man last Thurs­day over bur­glary sus­pi­cions and sum­mon­s­ing another for drug mat­ters.

“Crime sta­tis­tics have shown a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of bur­glary and steal­ing of­fences from ve­hi­cles in the sub-district of Cottes­loe, in par­tic­u­lar in close prox­im­ity to some Hous­ing Au­thor­ity flats in Welling­ton Street, Mos­man Park,” Se­nior Sergeant Tony Booker said.

The wave in­cludes seven thefts from Mos­man Park cars on July 19, while pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents have kept scared res­i­dents in­side their homes, prompted some to form lobby group Safety for Mos­man Park and caused po­lice op­er­a­tions near the 26 sin­gle flats for about six weeks.

Sgt Booker said po­lice will al­lege that the man they ar­rested on Thurs­day, a 26-year-old from Cool­bellup, wore gloves, car­ried a torch and had a mo­bile phone de­tail­ing the sale of stolen prop­erty.

Po­lice also said the man had a pouch con­tain­ing small rocks which could have been to throw at cars or houses be­ing tar­geted for rob­bery to see if any­one was in­side.

He was charged with pos­sess­ing bur­glary tools, crim­i­nal dam­age and ag­gra­vated as­sault and is ex­pected to reap­pear at Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Au­gust 5.

In a sep­a­rate mat­ter, a Cock­burn man (24) will be sum­monsed for pos­ses­sion of 7g of metham­phetamine and 3g of cannabis al­legedly found in a car at the flats last Fri­day.

“We want the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity to step up to the plate as that place is a tip, and it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate to house sin­gle men there aged 25 to 35,” Safety for Mos­man Park con­venor Gill Vi­vian said.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim Mas­sam, Sgt Booker and Mos­man Park coun­cil­lors met Ms Vi­vian and about 15 ratepay­ers about the crime wave and the flats last Thurs­day.

“We have no prob­lem with the po­lice be­cause they do all they can with the re­sources they have, but some of those res­i­dents are known to po­lice, so how come they con­tinue to get Hous­ing Au­thor­ity flats? And there needs to be a care­taker,” Ms Vi­vian said.

Supt Mas­sam is ex­pected to meet the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity this Fri­day for solutions to the anti-so­cial and al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

Hous­ing Au­thor­ity service de­liv­ery gen­eral man­ager Greg Cash said ten­ants could only be as­sessed on their pre­vi­ous te­nancy his­tory with the au­thor­ity, and pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal his­tory was not con­sid­ered.

Mr Cash said care­tak­ers were not pro­vided, but ten­ants could be evicted if il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, sup­ported by po­lice ev­i­dence, was re­ported.

He said the one-bed­room flats were not suit­able for fam­i­lies or se­niors, and the coun­cil would be con­tacted to im­prove rub­bish fa­cil­i­ties.

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