Charges laid over alleged crime spree
Charges laid over alleged crime spree

A 21-year-old Koondoola man will face court today over an alleged crime spree through Perth’s north-eastern suburbs yesterday.

Police will allege the man and a female associate arrived at a house on Blundell Street in West Swan about 4.40pm in a stolen Subaru Forrester.

The Subaru was allegedly stolen from Welshpool several days earlier.

The 21-year-old and his associate allegedly stole items from a backyard shed before breaking into the house.

However a police spokesman said a resident spotted the pair, prompting them to flee the scene in the Subaru.

Police will allege that just after 5pm two people travelling in the same vehicle broke into a house on Harrow Street in West Swan.

“A number of items were stolen from the residence,” the police spokesman said.

“The owner of the residence arrived and located the stolen vehicle in the driveway.

“The two offenders ran from the house and instructed the owner to move out of their way before fleeing the scene in the stolen car.”

While responding to the reported burglaries, police officers allegedly spotted the Subaru on West Swan Road and signalled for the driver to pull over.

The police spokesman said the driver refused to stop, sparking a wild chase.

Police will allege the 21-year-old man drove towards oncoming traffic, ran a red light, mounted a footpath and hit four cars and a truck.

He then allegedly abandoned the Subaru after it was disabled by a stinger device and tried to steal other motorists’ cars on Reid Highway.

“It will be alleged that as he approached one of the vehicles, a white Subaru Forrester, he grabbed the female driver by the shirt and attempted to pull her from the driver’s seat while her 13-year-old son was watching from a passenger seat,” the police spokesman said.

“Fortunately, the woman was wearing a seatbelt and he wasn’t able to pull her from the car.”
Police arrested the man on Reid Highway.

The 21-year-old man has been charged with aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated burglary, attempted robbery, stealing a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failing to stop, no authority to drive, trespass and two counts of stealing.

He has been refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court today.

Police are still searching for his female associate, who allegedly ran into bushland at the intersection of Reid Highway and West Swan Road.

She was described as a woman in her mid-20s, with fair skin and long brown hair.

She was wearing grey tracksuit pants and a blue long-sleeved shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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