Wembley police claim recent arrests may have helped stop spate of theft from cars

WEMBLEY police claim recent arrests may have helped stop a spate of thefts from cars in the western suburbs.

“We had about 150 (thefts from cars) in September, and it’s dropped off significantly in the last few days after a couple of arrests,” Senior Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said.

Sgt Vojkovich said problem locations for the theft of valuables from cars had been beach and Swan River carparks, foreshores in Crawley, Nedlands and Mosman Park, and Lake Monger.

He said apart from a “spike” in thefts from cars associated with the Perth Royal Show near Claremont, there had been a “rare” occurrence of none reported in remaining suburbs for several days.

Police suspect two arrests will be further linked to the drop-off in thefts after officers, led by Sergeant Rachel Greene , conducted a search warrant at a St Lawrence Street, Scarborough home last Thursday.

Officers seized allegedly stolen items, including a pendant taken in a Marginiup burglary, and their search of a silver Ford Territory at the property found alleged evidence linking it to thefts from cars in Mosman Park going back to September 9.

A Beechboro man (28) at the house was charged with three counts of burglary, two of car theft, 10 of theft from cars, three counts of stealing, damage and six counts of fraud, before he appeared at Perth Magistrates Court today.

A Scarborough woman (29) was charged with three counts of burglary, stealing a motor vehicle, 10 counts of theft form cars, stealing, damage, six counts of fraud and failing to stop, and she will appear at Perth Magistrates Court today too.

The investigation continues and more charges are expected.

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