A New Zealander who only recently arrived in Perth chose the wrong car park from which to steal from cars at the end of an alleged crime spree on November 17.
“He broke into the Police headquarters on Adelaide Terrace by jumping the fence, and then, it will be alleged, taking personal items from police officers’ private cars,” Senior Sergeant Craig Davis said.
The stolen property included a credit card, and alleged frauds using it are still being investigated.
Sgt Davis said police had been pursuing the man for his alleged spree of burglaries and thefts from cars, including those parked in underground car parks, for a month in East Perth.
“He’d only arrived in Perth two months ago,” he said.
The man (43), of no fixed address, was arrested by police at Burswood Casino about 4pm yesterday.
He was charged with 28 offences, including eight of stealing, seven for trespass and six counts of fraud.
Other charges comprise three counts of possessing unlawfully obtained property, fraud and possession of a tool for breaking and entering.
He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.