App helps police catch burglars

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A FIND my phone app led to the arrest of alleged offenders in an Osborne Park home burglary.

A couple awoke on July 3 to find their Albert Street unit had been burgled while they slept overnight, with the perpetrators stealing a laptop, TV, digital camera, smart watch, cash, passports and their Mazda hatchback.

Police believe the offenders forced the lock on the front door to gain entry before ransacking the home and leaving unnoticed.

The residents used the Find my iPhone app to determine their stolen property was at a home in Ballajura and notified police, who attended the address about 2pm.

They saw the stolen car, which had a false licence plate attached to the rear but original plate on the front, and attempted to stop it but the driver accelerated away.

Police pursued the car through Ballajura where it reached speeds of 120km/h, drove through bollards at Kakadu Park and narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian on Guadalupe Drive before crashing into two parked cars.

The driver and passenger ran from the vehicle but were apprehended by police.

A 39-year-old Belmont man was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, reckless driving and no authority to drive and had an outstanding arrest warrant for stealing.

He was remanded in custody to face court again on July 18.

A 35-year-old Girrawheen man was charged with stealing a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property and methamphetamine.

He was bailed to appear in court on July 25.

Police are still investigating the home burglary offence.

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