Police seeking help after two intentionally lit fires on weekend

Geraldton Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in relation to 2 separate intentionally litfires over the weekend.

The first occurred at the rear of the Northgate Shopping Centre and the second fire occurred shortly thereafter on the rear balcony of the Bill Sewell Complex in Geraldton between 7 and 8pm on Saturday 10 November 2018.

Minimal damage sustained to both locations.

Police are seeking assistance from members of the community who may have witnessed the fires being lit or from any who has information in relation to the fires, please contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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A boy and a girl "freed" a guinea pig

On Tuesday 6 February 2018 a Burglary was committed at an address in Nerrel Street  Waggrakine. During the course of the Burglary the young offenders have removed the family’s pet guinea pig from its cage in the rear yard.

Police officers had been notified by a member of the public whom had witnessed persons jumping the fence.

Police officers attended shortly after sighting a group of youths running through rear bushland.

During a search of the bushland officers located the Pet Guinea Pig which had been discarded by the offenders. The Guinea Pig was returned to the owners.

As a result of inquiries an 11 year old boy and a 13 year old girl, both from Waggrakine were identified and interviewed over the incident.

Both have been charged with further inquiries continuing.

Stealing Captured on CCTV

On the evening of 8 February 2018 an offence occurred at the Orana Cinema in Geraldton where a male was disturbed whilst in the process of stealing alcohol from the Gold Class Section. The male was captured on CCTV footage running away from the cinemas along Fitzgerald Street Geraldton.

Later that evening a 31 year old male from Rangeway was arrested by officers and after inquiries was charged with Burglary and Stealing Offences.

He was remanded in custody to appear before the Geraldton Magistrates Court the following day.

2 Juveniles Arrested for Burglary

Between 2 February and 5 February a series of burglary offences occurred around the suburbs of Geraldton.

Officers from the Geraldton Detectives and Volume Crime Team have identified a number of person believed to be involved with having committed these offences.

On Tuesday 6 February, Officers have attended an address in Rangeway where two juvenile males were located trying to hide from Police.

A 14 year old male from Yalgoo and 17 year old male from Karloo were arrested by officers and formally charged with a number of offences. Both have appeared in Geraldton Children’s Court.

14 year old charges:

  • 2 x Aggravated Burglary
  • 1 x Burglary and Commit
  • 4 x Stealing of Motor Vehicle
  • 1 x Assault to Prevent Arrest

17 year old male charges:

  • 1 x Aggravated Burglary
  • 1 x Stealing
  • Breach of Bail.

Inquiries are still continuing.

Vehicles Stolen

On the 11 November 2017 a Burglary Offence was committed on a residence in Cooper Circuit Mount Tarcoola. During the Burglary a number of items are reported to have been stolen including the Occupants Hyundai Elantra Sedan which was later located abandoned on Hadda Way Mahomets Flats.

On the 5 February 2018 a stealing offence occurred in Eastern Road Geraldton. At this address offenders have entered the rear yard and stolen 3 off road motor bikes.

On the 6 February 2018 Officers on Patrol sighted one of these motorbikes being ridden along Brand Highway Wandina. The motorbike has driven off at speed riding through traffic to evade police.

On the 7 February 2018 a 25 year old male from Mahomets Flats was arrested by officers from the Geraldton Police Station to assist with inquiries.

As a result of these inquiries he was charged with a numbers of offences and has appeared before the Geraldton Magistrates Court.

  • He has been remanded to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court on the following charges.
  • Aggravated Burglary and Commit
  • Stealing
  • 2 x Stealing of Motor Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving to Evade Police.

Arrest – Reckless Driving, Fail to Stop

At 8 pm on Friday 2 February 2018, officers from the Dongara Police Station were responding to an incident of a Holden Commodore doing burnouts in Church Street Dongara.

Officers located this vehicle exiting the Priory Hotel Carpark where it is alleged the vehicle was sighted doing a 20 meter burnout before driving off at speed. The 41 year old male driver from Dongara was arrested and charged with a number of offences and bailed to appear in the Dongara Magistrates Court on a number of charges including.

  • Reckless Driving (Hoon)
  • Reckless Driving to Evade Police
  • Obstruct Police
  • DUI
  • Use an Unlicensed Vehicle

A 31 year old male passenger from the same vehicle was also charged by officers with Obstruct Police and summonsed to appear in the Dongara Magistrates Court.

Burglary Arrest

At 2 pm on Monday 5 February 2018 Officers from the Geraldton Police Complex conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle (vehicle ID not supplied) in Petchell Street Rangeway.

A 15 year old male from Rangeway, was a passenger in the vehicle and was identified by officers as a person of interest for a number of offences that had been committed in the Geraldton Area.

This male was arrested and remanded in custody to appear in the Geraldton Children’s Court on the 6 February 2018 on a number of charges including.

  • Aggravated Burglary and Steal Motor Vehicle
  • 2 x Steal Motor Vehicle
  • Burglary with Intent
  • Trespass

Possession of Prohibited Drugs

On Tuesday 6 February 2018 officers from the Geraldton Police Station conducted a traffic stop (vehicle ID not supplied) in Alexander Street UTAKARRA.

As a result of this stop the vehicle was searched with a Meth Pipe being located. As a result a 27 year old female from Geraldton has been charged with possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She has been summoned to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court.

Possession of Prohibited Weapon

At 0300 am on Friday 2 February 2018, Officers from the Geraldton Police Station conducted a traffic stop (vehicle ID not supplied) in Zimmri Street KARLOO.

As a result of this stop police have searched the vehicle during which police located a knife on one of the occupants. As a result a 43 year old Female from Geraldton has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

She has been summoned to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court

Possession of Drugs

At 1030 pm on Friday 2 February 2018, Officers from Geraldton Police Station conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan Sedan in Tramway Road WAGGRAKINE.

As a result of this stop officers have searched the occupants and located a small quantity of Cannabis on one of the occupants. A 33 year old female from WAGGRAKINE has been charged with possession of a prohibited drug.

She has been summoned to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court.

Arrest – Reckless Driving, Fail to Stop.

On Monday 29 January 2018, officers from the Geraldton Police Station identified a person of interest at the BP Wonthella, North West Coastal Highway Geraldton.

A 35 year old male from Geraldton was spoken to where he was found to be in possession of a prohibited drug.

He was arrested and further charged over a reckless driving incident which occurred on the 15 January in the carpark of the Stirling Central Carpark.

He has appeared in the Geraldton Magistrates Court on a number of charges including.

  • Fail to Stop
  • No Authority to Drive
  • Reckless Driving
  • Possess a Prohibited Drug.  

If you have any information for police, contact Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Arrest – Possess Drugs, Possess Drug Paraphernalia

On Tuesday 30 January 2018 officers from Geraldton Police Station identified a person of interest at the BP Wonthella, North West Coastal Highway Geraldton.

A 29 year old male from Wandina was arrested and appeared in the Geraldton Magistrates Court on a number of charges including.

  • No Authority to Drive
  • Possess Prohibited Drug
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia

Possess Stolen Property.

Fail to Stop Arrest

On Wednesday 31 January 2018 officers from the Geraldton Traffic Office attempted to stop a vehicle in Central Road Wonthella. A 26 year old male from Geraldton initially failed to stop for police. After a short fail to stop incident the driver stopped his vehicle and was arrested by police.

He will appear in Geraldton Magistrates Court on a number of charges including

  • Fail to stop
  • No Authority to Drive
  • Reckless Driving

Possession of Drugs

On Wednesday 31 January 2018, Officers from the Geraldton Police Station conducted a traffic stop in Glenview Street Mount Tarcoola. As a result a 43 year old male from Waggrakine has been charged with possession of a prohibited drug. The drugs were located in a number of syringes inside the vehicle.

He has been summoned to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court

Anti-Social Behaviour – Karloo

Between 19 January and 23 January 2018 Geraldton Police received a number of complaints of Anti-Social Behaviour occurring at several locations in Karloo. One incident was recorded and uploaded onto social media.

Geraldton Police have conducted ongoing inquiries into these incidents and to date have charged 7 people with a number of offences.

  • 31 yr old female from Rangeway – Disorderly Behaviour
  • 17 yr old female from Rangeway – Disorderly Behaviour
  • 13 yr old female from Rangeway – Disorderly Behaviour
  • 20 yr old female from Spalding – Disorderly Behaviour
  • 23 yr old female from Northampton – Disorderly Behaviour
  • 16 yr old female from Utakarra – Disorderly Behaviour
  • 42 yr old male from Karloo – Criminal Damage, Disorderly Behaviour

If you have any information for police, contact Crimestoppers on 1800333000.

Burglary Arrests Geraldton

the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 29 January 2018, Officers from the Geraldton Police Station arrested and charged two juvenile females for a number of burglaries that occurred during December (2017) and January 2018 on Geraldton Businesses.

2 people were arrested and charged with the following:

  • 14 year old female from Rangeway – 1 x Agg Burglary with Intent, 1 x Agg Burglary and Commit and 1 x Stealing.
  • 14 year old female from Rangeway – 1 x Agg Burglary with Intent, 2 x Agg Burglary and Commit and 2 x Stealing.
  • Both will be attending the Geraldton Children’s Court

Letter to editor regarding problematic youths at foreshore

Hello Everything Geraldton,

I would to raise a serious concern about a group of kids aged 10-12yo that is hanging around town probably bored during this summer school holidays.

My workplace (a coffee shop) had the glass door smashed beginning of last week. Last Monday, while I was trying to lock up by myself, 4/5 of them came in and stole items from the shop as I could not do anything about it as I was obviously outnumbered. And today, as the cherry on top of the cake, I was abused continuosly towards the end of an extremely busy shift, ending up with them stealing the coins from the tips jar and trashing and damaging the front of the shop right in front of the customers.

I went to the toilet and started crying because I feel like nobody hears the the struggle my colleagues and I have to go through the day. It is really getting out of control and the police has been contacted by myself and one of my customers but they never showed up.

I heard the same group is creating many problems to other businesses and people. What do we need to do to have the authorities to take proper action. This is an pngoig problem now but it keeps beeing ignored.

All I want to do is going to work, provide the best product and service to my customers and I have to deal with this almost every day recently.

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Surveillance footage of bedroom window smashed with baseball bat

This is video surveillance of a couple of people who smashed a family's bedroom window at 12:45 Sunday morning with a baseball bat, causing about $500 damage.
The home owners are asking for the public's help in identifying the people involved. 
"This has really shaken us up."
If you know who was involved, please call Geraldton Police on 9923 4555. 

100 year-old trees victims of environmental vandals

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Two Tuart trees in Drummond Cove showing signs of having been tampered with may be the latest victims of environmental vandalism in Windward Park.

City of Greater Geraldton Chief Executive Officer Ken Diehm said he was saddened the trees may have been poisoned and that this wasn’t the first time trees in the Park had died under mysterious circumstances.

“Regrettably, one of these estimated 100 year-old trees has died and will need to be removed while the other is showing symptoms of poisoning which could be the result of what looks to be drill holes in both of their trunks,” he said.

“A couple of years ago, two other trees in Windward Park also died under mysterious circumstances and sadly, had to be removed,” he said.

Drummond Cove Progress Association President Gavin Hirschhausen agreed there has been an increase in community members taking matters into their own hands.

“There has been an escalation of people taking matters into their own hands,” he said.

“Its actions like this that causes fragmentation within the neighbourhood and doesn't help the wider community when we look to Council to support projects that will benefit all of Drummond Cove.”

According to Mr Diehm the trees will be replaced as they play an important role in the liveability of the City.

“All trees are important, especially in Geraldton’s semi-arid climate, and we need to do all we can to preserve the ones we have and plant more to increase the liveability of the City,” Mr Diehm said.

“I find it very disheartening that anyone would tamper with these beautiful old trees which will now need to be removed at rate payers expense.”

One of the trees was removed and the other pruned of its dead limbs on Wednesday 7 December 2016.  The cost to remove the trees and make the area safe again was approximately $5000.  The City will also spend additional funds to replace the trees.

 PICTURE: Drummond Cove Progress Association President Gavin Hirschhausen points to what appears to be a drill hole in the trunk of one of the dying trees in Windward Park.