Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian said a Wellard man (27) and a North Perth woman (24) were getting ready to exercise their pets when a car thief got into the woman’s vehicle at the dog park, at the corner of Fitzgerald and Nambur streets, North Perth about 10.30pm on February 2.
She said ignition keys were still in the car because the couple had yet to start walking their pets, which were still in the vehicle.
Sen Sgt Vivian said the woman managed to partially disengage the ignition, after which the thief got out and claimed to have a knife in his pocket, before robbing the couple of personal items.
‘He then punched the male victim three times to the face, causing him to fall to the ground,’ Sgt Vivian said.
The man tried to enter the car as it was being reversed by the thief, but was knocked to the ground by the vehicle’s door, before a second attempt left him trapped between the door and the car body.
‘The car continued to reverse for approximately 20 metres, dragging the boyfriend along the roadway, breaking his ankle,’ Sen Sgt Vivian said.
She said the woman was able get into the car to get her dogs safely out of its back seat, after which she successfully removed the ignition keys, before the thief got out of the vehicle and punched her once in the face.
The thief was described as about 175cm tall, mid”late 20s and wearing dark clothing. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.