Detectives investigate suspiciously lit fire that destroyed stolen vehicle and shed in Spalding
A fire being treated as suspicious which engulfed a Spalding shed over the weekend was discovered to contain a stolen vehicle.
On Saturday, Geraldton police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call from the public regarding a shed fire on Nixon Street in Spalding about 2.50am.
A DFES spokesperson said the fire took roughly 20-25 minutes to contain with three appliances, with the case left with police. Police have confirmed no one was injured in the fire.
Acting Inspector Bruce McDonald said the shed was engulfed by the flames before emergency services arrived. Police discovered a stolen vehicle was burnt inside the shed.
“Once the fire was contained it was established a stolen VW Amarok utility was inside the shed,” he said.
Damages were estimated at $60,000.
The VW Amarok was alleged to be stolen from an address on Glenview Street in Mount Tarcoola on Tuesday, July 26 about 4.45am.
Det-Sen Sgt McDonald said police were treating the fire as suspicious and were following several investigative avenues in relation to the blaze and stolen vehicle.
Specialist officers from Arson Squad in Perth attended the scene and conducted an examination of the shed.
Police urge anyone with information, CCTV or dash-cam footage relating to the blaze or vehicle theft to get in contact with local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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