Police issue warning about ‘mobile crime’

A 32-year-old man crashed this stolen vehicle on Epsom Avenue in Redcliffe, after which he was arrested by police and charged with multiple offences.
A 32-year-old man crashed this stolen vehicle on Epsom Avenue in Redcliffe, after which he was arrested by police and charged with multiple offences.

During the early hours of Monday, August 19, a 32-year-old Belmont man allegedly crashed a stolen, silver Ford Fairlane he was driving into a light pole on Epsom Avenue in Redcliffe.

The man allegedly fled the scene of the crash and assaulted a witness who tried to prevent him from escaping before police patrolling the area apprehended him.

A search of the damaged vehicle uncovered a large amount of property allegedly stolen during a series of offences throughout the metropolitan area at locations including Riverton, South Perth, Maylands, Innaloo and Churchlands.

Police allege the man snatched a bag from a victim in Churchlands, stole items from a motor vehicle, and committed fraud and aggravated burglaries.

Police charged the man with 15 offences and he was remanded in custody after appearing in the Perth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 20.

Belmont officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Shane Markham said offenders were highly mobile and able to commit a number of offences over a large area in a short period of time.

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