Weekly crime report: Charges over a ‘dumb act’

Collie Police have charged two women with driving offences after they were allegedly caught on camera doing what has been described as a ‘dumb act’.

Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar said police had received dash cam footage that showed a woman leaning out the passenger window of a car travelling at speeds in excess of 100km/h on the Coalfields Highway on April 18.

He said last week police had charged the 19-year-old passenger with travelling with her body or limbs protruding the vehicle and not wearing a seatbelt, while the 22-year-old driver was charged with dangerous driving.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said the woman was ‘very lucky’ to not suffer serious injury during the incident and that both women would appear in court later this month.

Police also charged a 19-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, both from Collie, with aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm in relation to an altercation on Coombes Street on May 22 that left two people with injuries.

The man was also charged with criminal damage. They will appear in court later this month.

Police are investigating after more copper piping was stolen in Worsley last week.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said the offenders had cut through padlocks to enter the premises on Gastaldo Road sometime on either May 30 or 31.

He said a bobcat, which had been stolen seven years ago, was used during the theft and dumped afterwards, along with a trailer.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police had collected forensics from the scene, which have been sent for analysis.

Police are also investigating after a number of food items were stolen from Coles last weekend.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police were reviewing security camera footage after receiving a report of a theft at Coles on Forrest Street at around 3pm on Sunday, June 3.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said it appeared two females were involved in the theft and that they had stolen a number of food items from the store.

Police inquiries into the incident were still ongoing.

Senior Sergeant Soutar has also warned the community to be vigilant after there was a number of burglaries reported over the last week.

Cash was stolen during a burglary at a house in Ogden Street sometime between May 30 and 31, while power tools were stolen from a house in Ireland Street sometime in the last three weeks.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said there had also been a disturbing trend of houses having their power turned off before being burgled.

A house on Prinsep Street North had its power turned off before the offender gained entry through a rear laundry window and stole an iPad and jewelry sometime between May 30 and June 2.

The power was also turned off prior to a burglary at a house in Buckton Street sometime in the week prior to June 3.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police had also received a report of the power being switched off at a home in Wellington Boulevard at 11pm on June 1.

He said the occupant of the home noticed two males in hoodies outside the house, who fled when they were spotted.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said people should consider putting a lock on their meter boxes if possible to prevent burglars from turning off the power.

He also said police charged a 24-year-old male with drug offences after his white Ford Falcon sedan was pulled over by police on Steere Street North at 2.35pm on June 3.

The man will appear in court this month.

Any one with any information about any crime should contact Collie Police on 9734 6333 or make a report to Crimestoppers at 1800 333 000.