Geraldton police officers spot out-of-place Mercedes-Benz and arrest teenage girls over alleged 400km joyride

Geraldton Guardian
Officers from Geraldton Police Station have been praised for spotting and asking questions about the out-of-place Mercedes-Benz in Rangeway.
Camera IconOfficers from Geraldton Police Station have been praised for spotting and asking questions about the out-of-place Mercedes-Benz in Rangeway. Credit: Gavin Box

A Mercedes-Benz looking out of place at an address in Rangeway led police officers, who were at the property for an unrelated call-out, to arrest two teenage girls for allegedly taking the stolen car on a 400km joyride from Perth to Geraldton.

Geraldton Police Station officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Chris Martin praised the officers’ “operational nous”.

The Mercedes was allegedly stolen from a property in East Perth on June 19.

Geraldton police were called to a Rangeway address the next day over a family violence matter.

“They’ve dealt with that incident ... and then they’ve had a look around and went ‘wait a minute, something doesn’t fit in the scene’, which is obviously the Mercedes Benz that was sitting there,” Sgt Martin said.

“The person who lived there said he never saw it before, it didn’t belong to him.

“That, for me, shows excellent proactive work by the Geraldton Police Station.”

Two teenage girls, aged 13 and 14, have been charged and remanded in custody after appearing in Geraldton Children’s Court earlier this week.

The court was told both girls were on bail at the time, with the older girl released on bail four days before the alleged incident.

They are due in Perth Children’s Court next month.

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