Five teenagers have been arrested and charged with 118 offences after 2 day grand theft auto crime spree that sprawled across Perth.
The teenagers, comprised three boys; a 16-year-old from Rockingham, a 13-year-old from Kelmscott and Media 15-year-old, and two girls from Morley, a 15-year-old and 16-year-old.
On Wednesday evening, the group stole a white Kia in Mullaloo and a Subaru in Bayswater, which was later used as a getaway vehicle in a handbag theft.
Police allege that in the early morning of Thursday, two of the teenagers approached a a young woman as she was arriving at work and unlocking a business on Rowe Avenue in Rivervale.
The teens grabbed the womans’s handbag and violently ripped it from her shoulder and knocking her to the ground.
The offenders attempted to flee from the scene of the crime in the stolen Subaru but the woman jumped onto the bonnet of the car, trying to stop the thieves’ escape.
Police say the car only travelled a short distance before the woman lost her grip on the windshield wiper and was thrown from the car. She was taken by ambulance to royal perth hospital for treatment of cuts and abrasion.
And hour and a half later, police spotted the getaway vehicle in Maddington before it collided with a civilian vehicle on Albany Highway in Gosnells. The three occupants of the vehicle, all uninjured in the crash, fled the scene and were quickly apprehended.
The group committed 19 burglaries on Wednesday and Thursday across Aubin Grove, Bayswater, Ellenbrook, Hamilton Hill, High Wycombe, Innaloo, Kalamunda, Midland, Mullaloo, West Swan and Yokine.
The boys face court today at the Perth Children’s Court on 114 charges. The girls will appear in court on the 20th of July facing just four charges.