Police warn rock throwers

Mirrabooka police station officer-in-charge Andy Carson has no tolerance for juvenile offenders throwing rocks at moving vehicles.
Mirrabooka police station officer-in-charge Andy Carson has no tolerance for juvenile offenders throwing rocks at moving vehicles.

Senior Sergeant Carson said police had had a spike in reports of rocks thrown at cars, particularly on Reid Highway from Northwood Drive and on the corner of Beach Road and Alexander Drive.

The most recent attack occurred on Beach Road when a man’s car was hit on the passenger side by a rock while he was driving about midnight on July 23.

On the same day, it is believed a woman’s car was also hit by a rock while she was travelling along Beach Road and Butterworth Avenue, smashing her back windscreen and striking her son who was sitting in the back seat.

These two incidents followed a 54-year-old woman narrowly escaping injury after her car was hit by a rock, causing her windscreen to shatter, as she drove along Reid Highway about 9pm on July 11.

Snr Sgt Carson said thankfully no victims were injured despite being put in serious danger.

‘Anyone who throws a rock or anything similar at a vehicle that is moving up to 90km per hour needs to recognise the injuries they can cause,’ he said.

‘What they might think is fun and harmless does have deadly consequences. It’s assault ” it’s designed to cause either significant damage to the vehicle or more significantly to cause stress to the occupants of the vehicle.’

Snr Sgt Carson warned offenders who thought throwing rocks at cars was fun and did not do any harm should be prepared for the consequences of being caught by police.

Last week Mirrabooka police charged two juveniles in relation to the most recent attacks after apprehending three people at the corner of Beach Road and Alexander Drive on July 23.

‘The juveniles we caught were two males and a female who were hiding in the bush,’ Snr Sgt Carson said.

‘A 14-year-old Kenwick boy and 14-year-old local boy were charged with criminal damage over the offence with investigations continuing in relation to other offenders.’

Snr Sgt Carson said anyone who saw a rock-throwing incident should call police immediately. Avoid approaching the offenders but try to keep them in eyesight so police can co-ordinate efforts and apprehend them.