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Suspect finds car keys and reverses one car to steal another in Wandina home burglary

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton Police Station officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Chris Martin.
Camera IconGeraldton Police Station officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Chris Martin. Credit: Liam Beatty/Geraldton Guardian

Police have issued a public appeal for help in a burglary case last week in which an intruder broke into an unlocked Wandina home and steal two vehicles — even though he only drove away in one.

Geraldton police say the offender let themselves into the home on Wallabi Drive on Thursday about 10.30-11pm through an unlocked back door.

Officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Chris Martin said while inside the house, the burglar discovered keys on the kitchen bench belonging to two vehicles.

The two models, a Suzuki Sierra and a Volkswagen Tiguan, were allegedly stolen from the property.

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However, police allege the suspect reversed the Suzuki out of the driveway that had blocked the Volkswagen, parking it at the front of the home.

Sen. Sgt Martin said police recovered the Suzuki outside of the premises, and the Volkswagen was recovered on Cypress Street, Rangeway about midnight on Thursday.

“The suspect only drove one car out of the driveway, but it is still considered stealing,” Sen. Sgt Martin said.

The vehicles were seized by police and are being assessed by forensic officers.

“Police are appealing to the community who may have CCTV footage on Wallabi Drive or around Cypress Street,” Sen. Sgt Martin said.

“Remember to lock your doors and secure your property so these crimes can be avoided.”

Geraldton police urge the community to regularly check their CCTV, and have the knowledge of how to use the technology when evidence is required.

Anyone with information regarding the stolen vehicles, or the identity of the suspect are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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