Two charged with fuel theft in po­lice crack­down

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

Kwinana po­lice have caught another two al­leged petrol thieves as part of an on­go­ing op­er­a­tion with lo­cal petrol sta­tions to iden­tify and charge re­peat of­fend­ers.

Se­nior Sergeant Gary Ben­zies said it was a huge prob­lem all over the coun­try and mil­lions of dol­lars’ worth of fuel was stolen ev­ery year.

“Two women from Me­d­ina were charged with steal­ing fuel from Ber­tram and will be ap­pear­ing in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court in the near fu­ture,” he said. “We will not ac­cept crim­i­nals in this area just help­ing them­selves to fuel and driv­ing off. We will in­ves­ti­gate these crimes and we will knock on your door.”

This lat­est charges fol­low the ar­rest of two other al­leged of­fend­ers in May who were both charged with sev­eral counts of fuel theft.

“We are work­ing to­gether with the man­age­ment and they are us­ing se­cu­rity staff on the fore­court and other elec­tronic meth­ods to de­ter this crim­i­nal­ity,” Sgt Ben­zies said. “So far there has been a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in crime in this area and we are con­tin­u­ing to make it dif­fi­cult for thieves.”

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