Police Search Uncovers Stolen Memorial Plaques and Turtles

Mason Clausen’s memorial plaque was stolen from a cemetery in Mandurah in December last year.
Mason Clausen’s memorial plaque was stolen from a cemetery in Mandurah in December last year.

A MANDURAH man has been charged with stealing metal plaques from war memorials and cemeteries after police searched an Eacott Street house yesterday.

Mundijong Police and Mandurah Local Policing Team officers searched the house at about 5.10pm in response to numerous stealing offences reported across the South East and South Metropolitan Districts.

The plaques were stolen from public information areas, war memorial sites, cemeteries and cremation memorial parks.

Recently plaques were stolen from the Byford Memorial Park.

It will be alleged during the search police found a quantity of metal plaques, which included War Memorial and National Servicemen plaques.

Other items from the property were also seized, including two living Long Neck Turtles, a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The two turtles were taken to an animal rescue centre.

A 34-year-old man from Mandurah has been charged with possessing methamphetamine, possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.

He has been bailed to appear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on March 11.