SCARBOROUGH Police have arrested three teenagers they believe are responsible for a mass of car break-ins this week.
Detectives charged an Innaloo 15-year-old and two boys aged 17 and 14 from Armadale with 45 offences related to stealing from cars in Innaloo and Scarborough.
There were more than 25 reports of cars targeted on Sunday and Monday, and police believe up to 12 cars were damaged outside The Saint hotel in Innaloo.
Police made the arrests on Wednesday after identifying the offenders from CCTV footage when they allegedly used a stolen credit card at a Scarborough store.
Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall said officers had been tracking a white Camry seen on CCTV near some of the vehicle break-ins.
He said the car was reported stolen from Craigie on Sunday morning.
“We tried very hard to identify them, putting on extra patrols,” he said.
“We worked as quickly as we could to apprehend them.”
Sgt Wanstall believed the boys were responsible for further offences in Scarborough on Monday and Tuesday, and robberies in Highgate and Osborne Park.
He expected more charges to be laid and described the alleged offenders as “prolific”.
“We just want to thank the public,” he said.
“A lot of people allowed us to forensically examine their vehicles, which was an inconvenience to them, and we did a lot of gathering of CCTV footage.
“It’s just very sad we’ve got kids this young committing so many offences.”
The boys were arrested at a property in Innaloo and the car allegedly found around the corner on Birdwood Street.
The youngest boy received bail and will appear in court on September 27 on 10 charges.
The Innaloo boy was charged with 18 offences including stealing a motor vehicle, criminal damage, stealing, gains benefit by fraud and cannabis possession and the third teenager received 17 charges.
Both are in custody and will face court on August 22.