A CANNING VALE woman says she was brought to tears after Murdoch Police returned a wedding dress stolen from her car.
Rebecca Pemberton was house-sitting in Salter Point on September 30 when a bag and the dress it contained – a gift from her parents she hopes to wear if she gets married – was nabbed from her car in a night-time smash and grab.
“I guess they thought the bag might have had money in it,” she said.
“My greatest concern was they would open it, see there was no money and throw it away, so when police called later that day I just cried.
“I was very relieved.”
Recovery of the dress, a classical design with long sleeves and embroidery across the top, began when Murdoch officers attempted to stop a vehicle with a yellow sticker at Bull Creek Shopping Centre.
Officers allege the driver fled on foot across Benningfield Road and down Lochee Way, before being found hiding in bushes.
“The suspect was given a basic search where a small clip-seal bag of methamphetamine, a dexamphetamine tablet and a dongle were found in her jeans pocket,” Murdoch LPT4 Sergeant Kevin Renting said.
“The suspect was escorted back to her vehicle which was searched by police and several stolen items and drug paraphernalia were located.”
The woman – a 27-year-old from Forrestfield – was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and taken to Murdoch Police Station.
Sgt Renting said a further search of the woman’s vehicle uncovered numerous items linked to offences across the metro area, including Shelley, Salter Point, Rossmoyne and Bull Creek.
Among items allegedly found by police was Ms Pemberton’s dress and a Rossmoyne man’s work tools.
The suspect was charged with six offences, including drug related matters, and will appear in court next month.
“I already think police do an amazing job but to go to the extra effort to get the dress back to me was amazing,” Ms Pemberton said.
“I’m so grateful there are people out there that want to make the community a safe place.”