A POLICEMAN’S chance encounter led to the arrest of an alleged burglar and a continuing search for his mate who allegedly stole from about 50 cars in Cottesloe this morning.
“I know them as repeat offenders who are currently on bail,” Senior Sergeant Tony Booker said.
About 10.40am, Sgt Booker was alone when he moved on two homeless people in a bus shelter in Station Street, Cottesloe.
By chance, the alleged burglar and his mate walked past the shelter, and there were a few heated words between the policeman and the barefoot men, who appeared agitated or intoxicated.
It is alleged one of the men (35) conducted multiple thefts from cars and fraud using stolen credit cards in Mosman Park and the Fremantle area, stole Claremont Quarter mail and a bicycle from Cottesloe train station recently.
Until March 3, the man was bailed seven times in a month because of the petty nature of the alleged crimes but was remanded briefly recently when he was bailed an eighth time.
After dealing with the homeless, Sgt Booker conducted his own foot pursuit of the man and his companion to see if they had moved on past the former Cottesloe Post Office and into adjacent Forrest Street.
About 11am, a Western Suburbs Weekly reporter saw one of the men crossing from Cottesloe Train Station into the west section of Forrest Street that goes to Cottesloe Beach.
A Coolbellup man (34) was charged with burglary of an East Fremantle house on February 12, after he was arrested on adjacent Barsden Street about 11.10am.
Police continue to search for a Palmyra man (35) who was described as skinny, 185cm, barefoot, wearing dark shorts and could be bare-chested and carrying his shirt.