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Eye on crime

A weapons threat charge in Ellenbrook, a car theft in Gooseberry Hill, and arrests for a series of crimes in Midland were some incidents which occured recently.
May 23, 2024

Ellenbrook man on weapons charge

AN Ellenbrook man has been charged following an incident involving a weapon being used in a threatening manner.

WA Police alleged that at about 8.30pm last weekend on Saturday May 18, two people – who are known to each other – were involved in a verbal altercation outside a home on Starbush Crescent in Ellenbrook.

During the altercation, a man brandished a weapon – which was a stick attached to a metal pole – in a threatening manner.  

The man left the scene in a vehicle a short time later. Nobody was injured during the incident. 

Following inquiries, Ellenbrook Police charged a 22-year-old man with being armed in a way that may cause fear, no authority to drive (disqualified from holding or obtaining), and reckless driving.

The Ellenbrook man appeared in Midland Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 21 where he was remanded to reappear on May 28.

Gooseberry Hill burglary and car theft

MIDLAND detectives are appealing for information in relation to an incident that occurred in Gooseberry Hill on Sunday, May 12. 

About 1.30am, two unknown male offenders forced entry into a home on Newlands Grove and threatened the occupants, before stealing a handbag and a red Toyota RAV4. 

Police believe the offenders were in possession of a hatchet and used this to threaten the occupants of the home. 

The males are described as being in their 20s, approximately 180-185cm tall and of average build. 

After the incident the red Toyota RAV4 was sighted travelling in convoy with a white Holden Commodore and is believed to have been involved in a number of other burglary and robbery offences in Kalamunda, Gooseberry Hill and South Yunderup. 

The red Toyota RAV4 was located abandoned in Bayswater on Monday, May 20. 

Detectives have released CCTV vision of the two vehicles travelling on Gooseberry Hill Road on Sunday, May 12 and are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at

Midland district crime series arrests

MIDLAND detectives have charged three people as part of an ongoing investigation into several incidents which occurred on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18.

During the first incident about 11.15pm on April 17, two people were seen approaching a residence on Great Eastern Highway, South Guildford. 

WA Police alleged they attempted to enter a locked garage, before fleeing the address when a motion sensor light was activated. 

In the second incident at about 12.15am on April 18, a woman aged in her 20s was standing on East Street, Guildford waiting for her transport to arrive when an unknown vehicle stopped in front of her and a male person exited the vehicle. 

It is alleged the male person was armed with a piece of wood and struck the victim several times before stealing personal property from her. 

In the third incident on April 18 at about 12.25am a male person attended a service station and pumped an amount of fuel into the vehicle they were driving. 

It is alleged the person then re-entered their vehicle and left without paying for the fuel.

Later that day at about 12.40am there was an attempted burglary at a bottle shop in Baskerville. 

Although damage was caused to doors and windows, the offenders were unable to gain access and left the scene in a vehicle.

In the fifth incident, also on April 18, a man exited a fast-food restaurant on Maffina Parade, Aveley and returned to his vehicle. 

It is alleged a stolen vehicle was used to block his ability to leave his parking bay. It will be further alleged a male person exited the stolen vehicle and approached the victim armed with a tyre iron, in an alleged attempt to steal the vehicle. 

The victim ran to safety and the offenders left in the vehicle they arrived in. Three people have  since been arrested and charged in relation to their alleged involvement in one or more of the above incidents.

A 15-year-old boy from Kiara has been charged with the following offences: Attempted aggravated burglary with intent (incident 1) - aggravated armed robbery (incident 2) - aggravated burglary with intent on a place (incident 4) - being armed in a way that may cause fear   attempt to steal motor vehicle and steal motor vehicle (incident 5).

He was refused bail and appeared in the Perth Children’s Court on Thursday, April 25, and is next due to appear in the same court on Monday, June 17. 

A 22-year-old man from Swan View has been charged with: Attempted aggravated burglary with intent (incident 1) - aggravated armed robbery (incident 2) - stealing (incident 3) - aggravated burglary with intent on a place (incident 4) - being armed in a way that may cause fear, attempt to steal motor vehicle, steal motor vehicle - no authority to drive - steal motor vehicle and drive recklessly (incident 5).

He appeared in Midland Magistrates Court on Tuesday May 14, and is next due to appear in the same court in June. 

A 14-year-old boy from Westminster has been charged with the following offences, and appeared in the Perth Children’s Court on Friday, May 17 where he faced charges of attempted aggravated burglary with intent (incident 1) - aggravated burglary with intent on a place (incident 4) and steal motor vehicle (incident 5).

Midland evading police incident

MIDLAND detectives have charged a man with eight offences after an evade police incident over the weekend on Sunday, May 19.

WA Police alleged that about 4am, the accused stole a black Ford Ranger utility during a burglary at a home in Seville Grove.

The stolen vehicle was sighted by police about 6.35am in Wangara and when police attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to stop.

The police helicopter was deployed and the vehicle was tracked through numerous suburbs.

The vehicle drove over a tyre deflation device in Northam and continued for some time before crashing at the intersection of Spencers Brook Road and Great Eastern Highway in Clackline.

The driver was taken into custody.

A 24-year-old man from Bentley has been charged with two counts each of reckless driving speed of 155 km/h or more to escape pursuit by police, driver of a vehicle failed to comply with a direction to stop (circumstance of aggravation, steal motor vehicle and no authority to drive (never held).

He appeared before the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, May 20, where he was
remanded in custody until June 4.

Police want anyone with information regarding the above incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or you can make a report online at


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