Dogged pursuit ends in arrest

Just after 10pm last Thursday night, police responded to a report of a man, dressed in black, jumping fences in Purser Cove, Murdoch. The Dog Squad was first on the scene and police dog Rumble tracked a scent to Robson Court, where two backpacks were located but not the offender.

Just after midnight, police were called to reports of a suspicious person, this time in Witney Place, Leeming.

Rumble was deployed again and tracked a scent to a rear yard, causing the offender to jump the fence. Rumble continued tracking him to May Court where officers found a man hiding in bushes.

Police allege the man was in possession of stolen property.

Officers arrested a 27-year-old Hilton man on suspicion of trespass and stealing.

Police say their inquiries revealed the man was wanted in connection to earlier stealing offences at Fiona Stanley Hospital, where a man matching his description was seen entering a ward and walking behind the nurse workstation desk.

Police will allege the man then stole a medication box from the nurses station. They say the offender was seen on CCTV footage leaving the ward carrying the adult medication box. The medication stolen is estimated to be worth more than $2000. The offender also stole personal items from the nurses station.

Police systems then linked the man to an outstanding arrest warrant and numerous inquiries into other matters.

The man was charged with three counts of stealing, two counts of trespassing and breach of bail.

Police expect there will be further charges.

He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court last Friday where bail was refused.