Arrests linked to theft spree
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.