POLICE attended a fuel station on Friday night thinking they could be arresting someone for stealing petrol but instead laid charges for allegedly stealing the car.
About 10.30pm on September 6, Scancam technology was activated when a Ford Falcon XR6 drove into a Puma station in Alexander Heights.
This anti-theft technology scans number plates and alerts staff if they have been involved in a drive-off.
Staff immediately called police.
Warwick Police senior sergeant Brendan Moore said officers and Joondalup detectives spoke with the three occupants of the car and discovered it had allegedly been stolen from a Bull Creek home during a burglary.
He said the number plates had also allegedly been stolen about 24 hours earlier from a similar vehicle in Kewdale.
The car was searched and the driver was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, stealing number plates, unlawful possession, no authority to drive and possession of methylamphatmine and drug paraphernalia.
The 36-year-old of no fixed address appeared in Northbridge Court on Saturday where bail was refused.
He was remanded to appear in the Central Law Courts on September 23.