Hoon driver loses car after cop shop burn-out
DOING a burn-out in front of the police station after visiting the pub next door proved costly for a hoon driver last month.
Officers working night shift dashed to the front window when they heard tyres squealing outside at 10.21pm on a Wednesday but weren’t quick enough to spot the offender.
However, Toodyay’s new shire-owned video security system captured a Toyota Hilux ute burning rubber as it turned out of the hotel driveway towards Newcastle Bridge.Read more
Another shire camera with new number plate recognition near the Shell service station identified the vehicle owner as an Ellenbrook man in his early 30s.
Perth police went to the man’s address, established that he was the offending driver and impounded his car on the spot, causing it to be towed away.
The man was given 28 days to pay $1000 to get his ute back or forfeit ownership.
He was also charged with ‘causing a vehicle to make excessive noise or smoke’ and appeared at the Midland Magistrate’s Court, where he was fined $200 and docked two demerit points.
Stolen cars easier to trace
NEW NUMBER plate recognition has also helped Northam detectives to check for stolen vehicles passing through Toodyay.
The new system records the number plate of every car that enters or leaves Toodyay.
Police can use a computer keyboard to search for a particular number plate and obtain a photo of that vehicle and the date and time it passed through town.
The new system narrows down searches to a particular time and frees valuable police resources because officers no longer need to check through many hours of video recordings to find what they want.
Free SMS fire alerts urged
LOCAL police are urging all Toodyay residents to subscribe to free mobile phone alerts for shire hot works and harvest bans after a brush cutter started a potentially life-threatening bushfire that prompted an emergency evacuation alert for nearby homes and a caravan park.
A farm worker using the brush cutter two weeks before Christmas was unaware that the shire had issued a hot works ban that morning.
People can register to receive automatic shire SMS notices of hot works and harvest bans on their mobile phones by sending the text message BANS to 0408 017 439.
Mobile phones can also be used to get Alert2Me local bushfire emergency warnings and updates.
The free app enables users to set a watch area inside any radius on a map or within three set points of their choice.
Police are urging everyone to keep a watchful eye out for fires and to dial 000 immediately if they see smoke or flames.
Messages should not be left on the Toodyay Fire Station answering machine because the service is run by volunteers and the station may be unattended.
Drug phone reveals contacts
A 60-YEAR-OLD Goomalling man was charged with drug dealing after a sealed plastic bag containing methamphetamine crystals worth about $7000 (left) was found in his vehicle during a police random roadside test for alcohol and drugs in Toodyay early last month.
The drugs were found in the vehicle’s glovebox after the driver tested positive for amphetamines.
Police also found a sharpened Samurai sword and a kitchen knife in the vehicle.
The seven grams of crystal meth seized represented about 70 doses or ‘hits’, each worth about $100 on the street.
The man was charged with possession of an illegal drug with intent to sell or supply, having ready access to illegal drugs and weapons, and driving with illegal drugs detected in his body.
Police also obtained access to all phone numbers, call records, text messages and emails stored on the man’s mobile phone.
The content was downloaded to a police computer under State legislation that allows law enforcement officers to examine mobile phone records and other material relevant to criminal investigations.
Inquiries are continuing.
Unlocked sheds invite trouble
ALL PROPERTY owners are urged to lock their homes and sheds and report any sightings of suspicious behaviour that may be related to recent burglaries.
Many older farmers don’t bother to lock their sheds and often leave power tools such as chainsaws, brush cutters and mowers unsecured.
A water pump was stolen in one recent theft.
Burglaries sometimes go unreported for weeks when hobby farmers and weekenders leave for extended periods and don’t secure their properties.
The problem is growing as fewer people these days know their neighbours.
Any sightings of suspicious vehicles or strangers hanging about should be reported to local police on 9574 9555 or to Crimestoppers WA on 1800 333 000.
Facebook finds bobcat owner
THE MORANGUP Community Facebook page has helped police find the owner of a stolen bobcat that was discovered when a twin-axle trailer broke down after shredding two tyres near Toodyay Road last month.
A local police officer noticed the disabled trailer at the Morangup turn-off on his way to work.
He found two men at the scene when he returned later to investigate.
Two trailer tyres were shredded because the bobcat was too heavy for it, and motorists had complained that it was being towed at 40km/h in a 100km/h speed zone.
The trailer was found to be unlicensed and the bobcat could not be identified.
Further police inquiries revealed that the bobcat had been stolen and hidden in bushland near a gravel pit off Julimar Road.
Police inspected the site and found tracks into the bush where the bobcat had been loaded onto a trailer.
Two men were charged with possessing the stolen bobcat, the driver tested positive for amphetamines and another charge was laid for towing an unlicensed trailer.
However, the owner of the bobcat remained a mystery until police posted a photo of it on the Morangup Community Facebook page.
A Perth man recognised caterpillar tracks that he had fitted to it and the Bullsbrook owner woke on a Sunday morning to a call that his missing bobcat had been found.
Ownership of the trailer is still being investigated.