THE mere presence of police dog Faustus was enough to convince an alleged thief to give himself up in the early hours of this morning.
About 3am Police received information about a person trespassing at a car parts yard in Forsyth Street, O’Connor.
A canine unit attended the scene and a blue Holden Commodore ute was found parked nearby.
Additional police attended and cordoned off the area.
Faustus was deployed close to the vehicle and tracked a scent to a spot where a hole had been cut in a fence.
Faustus entered the yard and tracked the scent towards a vehicle in the yard.
Police announced that anyone present should make themselves known or Faustus would be released.
A man hiding underneath the car responded and he was arrested without incident.
A 53-year-old man from Kardinya has been charged with trespass, stealing and breach of bail.
He was refused bail and is due to appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court today.