Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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