A Fremantle store owner was punched several times as he tried to catch a car thief last night, police allege.
Police said that about 10pm, the man saw someone drive away in his Hyundai which had been parked outside his store in the Paddy Troy Mall.
It is understood the driver stopped nearby after damaging the car somehow and the owner was able to grab the man behind the wheel, police claim.
Despite being attacked, he was able to hold onto the man until police arrived.
Police charged a 29-year-old man from Eden Hill with steal a motor vehicle, no authority to drive and common assault.He was remanded in custody and will appear in Fremantle Magistrate's Court today.
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