The arrest of a 51-year-old man in relation to an alleged vigilante Facebook group called Karratha Consequences 4 Crime has sparked warnings from Pilbara police who say unlawful behaviour will not be condoned. A search warrant was executed at a home address in Karratha last Tuesday where a man was arrested and charged with offences including incitement to commit an indictable offence and stealing. Police will allege he was the leader of the vigilante group targeting crimes in Karratha organised through a Facebook group which has since been shut down. Pilbara District Office Insp. Mark Tobiassen said the group had been targeting certain houses in Karratha and carrying out night-time patrols. “This kind of behaviour is illegal — while we should be looking at the problems that this group or groups like them are trying to address, it draws our resources away from that towards them because obviously we can’t condone any unlawful behaviour,” he said. “Any offences that are committed by people, no matter what they are or what their nature is, if we have sufficient evidence to charge people with those offences, we will.” Karratha detectives officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Jason Blaine said the Facebook group had about 770 members when it was shut down. “They were reporting to want to impact people that were causing issues within the community — although they talked about the police, they certainly weren’t working with us or for us and it just started getting out of hand in relation to what that group wanted to do,” he said. “Our plea to the public would be to let the police handle the issues and report the issues to us so that we are aware of them. “A lot of stuff gets written on social media and it doesn’t come to us and although we review it, we don’t necessarily have a unit that sits there scrolling Facebook or social media everyday of the week to try identify what’s going on, so there’s no point writing on social media if you’re a victim of a crime or you witness something if you’re not reporting it to the police.” The man will appear in court on March 15.