POLICE NAB ALLEGED CEMETERY THIEVES
ALLEGED fraudsters exploiting tap-and-go bank cards tried to steal from Karrakatta Cemetery mourners as part of a crime spree on October 13 from Mundaring to Mosman Park and North Fremantle, which included filling their car’s boot with alcohol.
“It will be alleged a mourner at the cemetery was bending down to kiss a relative’s gravestone and when he did, he saw the feet of the thieves who were trying to get into his car,” Sergeant Jeff Taylor said.
The mourner chased the unsuccessful alleged thieves, who left in a white Ford Territory that was then seen at at least four liquor stores in Cottesloe, Mosman Park and North Fremantle between 5.05pm and 5.30pm that afternoon.
It will be alleged at least 10 fraudulent purchases of cartons of Jack Daniel’s mixed drinks were made and a shop assistant’s handbag taken at the stores.
Sgt Taylor said it would be alleged the fraudsters had previously stolen other bank cards from cars in the Mundaring area and would drive through the western suburbs to steal at the cemetery, where a spate of the crimes have been reported in the past six months.
The alleged October 13 spree started with the theft of an elderly couple’s bank card from Mundaring Weir about 1.30pm, before the card was used for purchases of at least $500 at Mundaring shops.
“They bought a couple of bags of steak, a mobile phone, KFC,” Sgt Taylor said.
A card taken from a car near Mosman Park Tennis Club was used for 13 alleged fraudulent purchases, including five pre-mixed drink cartons, at a Mosman Park liquor shop about 4pm that day, causing concerns about police not being notified.
“If people are leaving things on the counter so every transaction is less than $100, then that should ring alarm bells,” Sgt Taylor said.
He connected alleged Mundaring crimes to the Karrakatta incidents, after an alert from Wembley police.
Last month, two Northam men in their 20s were charged with a range of offences, including fraud and stealing, before being bailed to appear in court next week.