Senior Sergeant Dave Whitnell said the Bayswater Inquiry Team started police Operation Benzar to investigate a series of burglaries, stolen motor vehicles and other crime offences through various districts between February 22 and 23.
He said despite the initial success of the operation, which resulted in five offenders charged with 45 offences including stealing an $110,000 Audi and a $50,000 Holden Monaro Utility, one of the principal offenders remained elusive to police.
‘On the morning of April 30, Bayswater Police, with the assistance of other specialist units, swamped various addresses associated with the outstanding offender in an attempt to locate him,’ he said. ‘This proved to be ineffective however, later that day by chance Bayswater Police located the offender walking along a road in Ashfield.’
Snr Sgt Whitnell said police charged a 17-year-old Bayswater teenager with nine offences, including stealing motor vehicles, reckless driving, stealing, aggravated burglary, receiving and fraud.
He said as a result of Operation Benzar, police recovered a majority of stolen items and returned them to the owners, but the stolen two-month-old Audi Sedan was crashed by the offenders and written off.
‘The professionalism, work ethic and dedication to duty shown by the officers involved in investigating these matters reflects positively on them as individuals, the Bayswater Police Station team and WA Police as a whole,’ he said.