Couple charged after alleged crime spree

Adam PoulsenGeraldton Guardian

Forensic evidence has been used to charge a Perth couple with a raft of offences relating to burglaries, car theft and use of stolen credit cards.

A 26-year old man was arrested at a home in Dongara on Monday for allegedly breaking into a car in Koondoola, in Perth’s northern suburbs, on September 8.

Police will allege he used a crowbar to force open a door, before stealing parts of the stereo and a backpack.

Forensic analysis of blood found in the vehicle led to him being charged with one count of stealing and one count of breaching bail.

Officers then returned to the same house the next day and arrested the man’s partner, a 23-year-old woman, with a string of offences relating to two burglaries in Balga.

Police allege that on October 3 she burgled a Par Court home and stole an occupant’s car, along with a mobile phone, laptop and credit card.

Police also allege that on October 7 she burgled an Etchingham Road home, stealing a laptop, several documents and a wallet containing a credit card and $350 cash.

She is then accused of using both credit cards on a spending spree across Perth, buying cigarettes and food among other things.

Police said fingerprints left at both crime scenes led to her arrest.

She was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of stealing a motor vehicle, five counts of fraud, one count of possession of stolen property, and four counts of stealing.

She faced Geraldton Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was granted bail, and she will appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on November 8.

The 26-year-old man faced Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody at Greenough Regional Prison until another court appearance on November 2.

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