More cars torched
Tuesday, 16th May, 2017
The spate of cars being stolen and set alight continued yesterday when two were found burning within an hour.
The fire brigade attended one blaze on the road to the rubbish depot, just off the Adelaide road, about 5.20am before being called to another car fire in Brown Street about 6.15am.
On Saturday night two cars were found alight on the outskirts of the city.
Police received a call about 8pm and found the cars about seven kilometres out of town on the Menindee road.
One was burnt beyond recognition while the other was identified as a 2000 to 2005 model Holden Commodore.
The fire brigade extinguished the blazes and police are investigating.
The recent theft and torching of cars started about a month ago and anyone who has information about any of them should call the police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A 50-year-old motorist was put off the road after police allegedly found drugs in his system.
Police tested the man at a service station in William St on Sunday afternoon before arresting him and taking him to the station where he was tested again.
The samples have been sent for scientific analysis and he was prohibited from driving for 24 hours.
If the samples come back positive, police said he could be fined of up to $2200 and disqualified from driving for six months.
Police said that under the drug laws that sentence could not be reduced by more than three months, regardless of how good a person’s traffic record is.
They said that several local drivers have been charged with this same offence since Barrier police received equipment that allows them to do roadside drug testing in the same was that they test drivers for drinking.
A thief ran off with a wallet which he stole from unlocked caravan on Saturday evening.
Police said he was seen coming out of the caravan at the park in Rakow Street about 6.45pm and was chased but got away with the wallet which contained cash and bank cards.
He was described as being about 180cm tall with a slim build, medium length dark hair and wearing a black jumper.
Police are investigating and are seeking information on from the public.