CCTV has captured a young woman and two young men suspected of stealing a dinghy from a marina the night a small boat may have been used by thieves to scale cliffs before attempts to break in to cars in North Fremantle.
“We would love to hear from the young woman,” KBH Group managing director Shaun Bain said.
KBH manages nearby Pier 21 where the dinghy was taken from Jetty ‘C’ in North Fremantle about 1.45am on October 22.
About 3.20am, a resident on Phyllis Street about 300m upstream disturbed a group of three hooded people attempting to break into cars.
After the group was disturbed they ran down the adjacent cliff where an outboard was heard and an unidentified boat crossed the river towards East Fremantle.
Mr Bain said the footage from his marina’s jetty indicated the thieves who took the rubber dinghy may have had boating skills.
He said security had been upgraded on Pier 21’s jetties for boat owners’ and public safety after thefts and crime in the marina several years ago.
However, there have been other thefts upstream on the Swan River this month.
The incidents include a dinghy and its outboard worth $3000 taken from Mosman Bay between October 8 and October 22 and an inflatable dinghy and two outboard motors taken from Claremont Yacht Club between October 7 and October 9, but later recovered.
“To get it they would have had to swim out to a boat, or jumped over a fence,” Senior Sergeant Julie Foley said.
A police spokeswoman said the thefts and any possible links were being investigated.