Ar­rests linked to theft spree

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

WEM­B­LEY po­lice claim four ar­rests in­clud­ing a man al­legedly tar­get­ing cars owned by mourn­ing se­niors at Kar­rakatta Ceme­tery, may be part of a spate of thefts from cars in the western sub­urbs.

“We had about 150 thefts from cars in Septem­ber, and it’s dropped off sig­nif­i­cantly in the last few days af­ter a cou­ple of ar­rests,” Se­nior Sergeant Paul Vo­jkovich said.

Sgt Vo­jkovich said prob­lem lo­ca­tions for the theft of valu­ables from cars had been beach and Swan River carparks, fore­shores in Craw­ley, Ned­lands and Mos­man Park, and Lake Monger in Wem­b­ley, now all tar­geted by po­lice Op­er­a­tion Pal­loma.

Po­lice sus­pect two ar­rests will be fur­ther linked to the thefts af­ter of­fi­cers, led by Sergeant Rachel Greene , con­ducted a search war­rant at a St Lawrence Street, Scar­bor­ough home last Thurs­day.

Of­fi­cers seized al­legedly stolen items, in­clud­ing a pen­dant taken in a Marginiup bur­glary, and their search of a sil­ver Ford Ter­ri­tory found al­leged ev­i­dence link­ing it to thefts from cars in Mos­man Park as far back as Septem­ber 9.

A Beech­boro man (28) at the house was charged with bur­glary, car theft, theft from cars, steal­ing, dam­age and fraud, and a Scar­bor­ough woman (29) was charged with bur­glary, steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, theft from cars, steal­ing, dam­age, six counts of fraud and fail­ing to stop,

Both were re­manded in cus­tody to reap­pear at Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 13.

Af­ter a Cooloongup home was raided last Fri­day, a Cooloongup man (30) who al­legedly robbed se­niors’ cars at Kar­rakatta Ceme­tery dur­ing Septem­ber was bailed to face mul­ti­ple charges at Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 23.

A Pin­jarra man (29) is also charged with steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, reck­less driv­ing, crim­i­nal dam­age and steal­ing from cars, in­clud­ing the al­leged theft of tools worth $5400 from Welling­ton Street, Mos­man Park on Septem­ber 16.

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