Security plea as stealing offences up at Perth beach

Scarborough Police Constable Josh Hills, Senior Constable Karyn Kersemakers and Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall at Scarborough Beach. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Scarborough Police Constable Josh Hills, Senior Constable Karyn Kersemakers and Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall at Scarborough Beach. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

POLICE are urging beachgoers to be vigilant after a spate of stealing offences at the Scarborough foreshore.

Scarborough Police Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall said offences at Scarborough Beach had increased compared to the same time last year and warned people not to leave personal items unattended while visiting the beachfront.

“Please try to secure your belongings; don’t leave them in bags or under towels on the beach,” he said.

Police have made two arrests at the foreshore in the past fortnight; the first was in response to a purple Ford Falcon sedan stolen from the carpark using keys removed from the victim’s bag while they were swimming on October 17.

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Officers on patrol spotted the car in the Karrinyup Shopping Centre carpark on October 21 at about 5.15pm, allegedly driven by a 25-year-old Helena Valley man with his partner and their 18-month-old child in the car.

Police allege the car had licence plates affixed that were stolen from outside a Gwelup home on October 19.

The man will face court on November 19 charged with stealing a motor vehicle, no authority to drive and driving with false plates.

Snr Sgt Wanstall said officers were again patrolling on October 26 at 9.30am when they saw a woman “acting suspiciously” around a vehicle in the Scarborough Beach carpark.

Scarborough Police Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall. Photo: Martin Kennealey

The 28-year-old East Perth woman allegedly had the keys to the white Hyundai Getz, which was stolen and had stolen licence plates, and found stolen items inside the car.

“We believe we have stopped this woman before she was about to break in to cars,” he said.

“We urge people to lock their cars, offenders don’t usually smash windows to gain access at that time of day in a public carpark as it would attract attention.”

The woman will next appear in court on October 30 charged with stealing a motor vehicle and possessing stolen property.

Police also arrested a 44-year-old man allegedly found hiding in nearby sand dunes in relation to theft of items including an Engel fridge, purse, jewellery and cash from a Toyota Landcruiser outside a Perth motel between 3.10am and 3.50am that morning.

Snr Sgt Wanstall encouraged drivers to attend Bunnings Innaloo on November 14 and November 15 from 10am to 2pm where staff and police will team up to supply and fit anti-theft screws to number plates.

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