An ongoing police operation targeting a spate of burglaries across the Rockingham and Mandurah region has led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man, plus a cache of stolen fishing rods and sporting apparel.
Operation pointbreak resulted in the arrest of the man on Monday night following a traffic stop.
Mathew Colin Hartley appeared in the Rockingham Magistrates Court today where he was in police custody.
Its alleged he stole over $141,000 worth of goods.
The court was told that between June 22 and July 8, Mr Hartley allegedly stole a Ford worth $50,000 from a car dealership in Melville.
The next day, he allegedly broke into a Golden Bay home and stole tools worth $1000.
Police also allege that on June 29, Mr Hartley he allegedly broke into Jaycar Electronics in Rockingham and stole $35,00 worth of electronics.
Days later, on July 2, police say he broke into SportsPower in Mandurah and stole $5,000 worth of clothing.
It is also alleged he broke into a kid’s play centre, GymbaROO in Mandurah.
On July 8, Mr Hartley also allegedly broke into Tackle World in Falcon and stole $15,000 worth of fishing rods and accessories.
He is facing nine charges of stealing, six aggravated burglaries and commits, a charge of aggravated burglary with intent and one charge of stealing a motor vehicle.
He did not apply for bail and will next appear in court in August.
His arrest comes following a wave of burglaries on business in the region in recent days and weeks which have left a trail of destruction and a huge damage bill.
Police will allege that as a result of the traffic stop on Monday night they found a large haul of stolen property including sporting goods and up to 80 fishing rods.
It will be alleged Mr Hartley used a stolen Ford Ranger in some of the burglaries.
A gang of teenage thieves who also targeted the same Mandurah Sportspower store on Monday night are among those who are next on the police operation hit list.
Acting Commander Andy Greatwood said today the operation would continue until all offenders responsible for the latest string of break-ins were caught.
“We have got other leads and we are certainly looking at other suspects,” he said.
“The operation will continue until they have been apprehended.”
Acting Commander Greatwood said he wanted to reassure the community – in particular Mandurah residents – police were doing all they could to tackle crime in the area.
“We are well on top of crime down in the Mandurah and Rockingham area, we have taken swift action especially in relation to this series of burglaries and we will continue to do so,” he said.