Weekly crime report: police investigate machinery thefts

Police are investigating a couple of machinery-related thefts, while Senior Sergeant Soutar has also warned fishers that police have the same powers as Fisheries officers and will be conducting checks during marron season.
Police are investigating a couple of machinery-related thefts, while Senior Sergeant Soutar has also warned fishers that police have the same powers as Fisheries officers and will be conducting checks during marron season.

Collie Police are investigating an unusual theft this week after a front-end loader was stolen from a property along the Coalfields Highway near Wellington Dam Road.

Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar said due to the size of the equipment stolen, it was likely the offenders had put the loader onto the back of a truck.

Senior Sergeant Soutar has urged anyone who may have witnessed the theft, which occurred sometime between December 24 and January 7, to contact police.

Police also made a couple of drug busts over the last week.

Police executed a search warrant at a camping area at Stockton Lake on January 4 and arrested two people.

A 30-year-old Collie man was charged with three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of possessing a prohibited drug, while a 35-year-old Collie woman was charged with possession with intent to sell or supply, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property.

Both will appear in court later this month.

On January 5, police received reports of a vehicle hooning on Coombes Street.

A 53-year-old man was spoken to in relation to the hooning and found to be driving with a cancelled licence. In a search of his car, police seized a small amount of cannabis and the man was charged with possession of a prohibited drug.

Senior Sergeant Soutar has also reminded people to lock up their valuables after a child’s scooter was stolen from the front veranda of a house on Venn Street on January 8.

Police are also appealing for information in relation to a couple of thefts over the last week.

Some machinery was stolen from the Collie Waste Transfer Station in the early hours of January 6, while a garage at a house on Fawdon Way was broken into and a motorcycle was stolen.

Senior Sergeant Soutar also said several vehicles were broken into along Regent Street between January 6 and 7, with some small items stolen.

Police also responded to a suspicious fire on Bickerton Street on January 8.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police would be investigating any fires that are deemed to be suspicious or undetermined, with forensic checks to be completed in order to catch anyone lighting fires during bushfire season.

Finally, with marron season starting this week, Senior Sergeant Soutar said police would be conducting checks to make sure fishers are licenced and not exceeding their daily bag limit.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police had the same powers as Fisheries officers and would have a presence around Collie’s marron-fishing hotspots.

If you have any information regarding a crime call Collie Police on 9734 6333. You can also make an anonymous report via Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers.com.au or on 1800 333 000.