Mosman Park crime spree spreads to Cottesloe, North Fremantle

Two of the cars damaged at Village Place, Mosman Park on Australia Day. Picture: Jon Bassett.
Two of the cars damaged at Village Place, Mosman Park on Australia Day. Picture: Jon Bassett.

POLICE are after three men after a spree of thefts from cars spread from Mosman Park to Cottesloe and North Fremantle.

The spree has given impetus to re-establishing community crime prevention in Mosman Park, and added to fears about those wandering streets at night in North Fremantle.

On Australia Day, Mosman Park residents woke to find at least 12 cars with broken windows and missing valuables outside residences on Village Place, The Rope Walk, Stuart Street, Stirling Highway and Ecclesborne Street.

Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said subsequent reports showed the 1.30am to 5.30am spree on Australia Day included two damaged cars on Napoleon Street and a Loma Street burglary, both in Cottesloe, and a theft from a car in Peppermint Grove.

“Although there were a couple of mountain bikes stolen at one of the incidents, we believe they were on foot,” Sgt Vojkovich said.

“In Loma Street, they were sighted definitely with three torches.”

The haul included drivers’ licences, bank cards, two digital cameras, a drone, wallets and watches, an iPhone and passports.

St Vojkovich said there may be other unreported incidents.

Last Sunday, a car was broken into in Jameson Street, Mosman Park, and two cars in McCabe Street, North Fremantle.

Fremantle Cr Doug Thompson said two cars had smashed windows and “contents rifled” on Freeman Loop last Tuesday, and three men were disturbed on Pearce Street in the riverside suburb at 2am that day.

Other North Fremantle incidents have included thefts from cars in Harvest Road and Leighton Beach Boulevard, and sightings of people with torches in the past month.

Cr Thompson said a meeting may now have to be held that is similar to the Mosman Park Council community safety working group of council staff, public safety advocates, rangers and police organised in response to on-going crime next Wednesday.

“We are well aware of the spates coming and going, and want to have more co-ordination and co-operation between the police, the council and the community,” Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock said.

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