Weekly crime report: Pair caught red handed

Collie Police have arrested two people after they caught by officers allegedly in possession of a stolen credit card.

Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar said police had received a report on the afternoon of Thursday, November 1 that two people had allegedly stolen a purse from a local business.

He said the pair had allegedly entered the store, with one distracting the salesperson, while the other stole the purse before leaving.

A credit card from the purse was then used at six different businesses that evening.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said while police were collecting CCTV evidence from Coles Express that evening in order to identify the offenders, the two people allegedly entered and attempted to use the card for a second time at the store.

The 35-year-old woman and 30-year-old man from Collie were both arrested and charged with fraud and possession of stolen property offences.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police were conducting further inquiries into the incident, with more charges expected to be laid.

Police have also charged two juveniles after the PCYC was broken into on November 3.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said the offenders had gained entry through a side door and attempted to disable security cameras before allegedly stealing cash from the premises.

He said police had been able to identify the 16-year-old and and the 14-year-old male, who regularly frequented the PCYC, and charged them with aggravated burglary offences.

A third person is also set to be charged over the offence.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said it was ‘disappointing’ for both PCYC staff and the police to have the facility broken into, especially by children who used the facility regularly.

Police also charged two Collie men over separate family violence incidents.

A 49-year-old man originally issued a police order to stay away from an Ogden Street address after an incident on November 3, however he returned later that day whereby he was arrested and remanded in custody before facing court in Bunbury.

A 34-year-old male was also charged with aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm, no authority to drive and threats after an incident where the victim allegedly received bruising to her neck, requiring hospital treatment on November 5.

Police also charged a 67-year-old man with firearms offences after conducting a search warrant on a property on Bradbury Road in Collie Burn.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police had seized 57 items of interest, with many believed to be unlicensed firearms.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police were also calling for any independent witnesses to an altercation in Atkinson Street South on November 1 to come forward.

He said police had received a report at approximately 5.45pm of a disturbance in the street, which resulted in the windscreen of a vehicle being smashed.

Anyone with information can contact Collie Police on 9734 6333.

Finally, police have charged three men with a number offences after three separate traffic stops around town.

A 36-year-old Collie man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing unlicenced ammunition after his car was stopped on Railway Parade in Allanson on the morning of November 1.

Later that day, a 34-year-old Bunbury man was charged with no authority to drive, carrying a prohibited weapon and two drug paraphernalia possession offences after a traffic stop on the Coalfields Highway in Worsley.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police will allege the man had knuckledusters and methamphetamine in his vehicle, and that he had provide police with a false name.

A 34-year-old Collie man was also charged with drug paraphernalia possession charged after his vehicle was searched on Johnston Street on November 3.

Senior Sergeant Soutar said police had also seized a number of other items from the man’s car and inquiries into the offence were continuing.