Seven people arrested over recent string of crimes in Karratha

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Investigating officer, West Pilbara Detective-Sergeant Neil van der Plank.
Camera IconInvestigating officer, West Pilbara Detective-Sergeant Neil van der Plank. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Police have charged six juveniles and one adult in relation to several recent crimes including a service station robbery, string of home burglaries and assault on a taxi driver in the Karratha area.

West Pilbara Detectives made the arrests this week after making inquiries based on CCTV footage at some of the scenes.

Five people have been charged with aggravated robbery over an incident at Nickol’s Caltex service station on Australia Day, in which they allegedly threatened a counter assistant and stole cash and other items from behind the counter.

An 18-year-old man from Wickham and four juveniles — two boys from Bulgarra aged 16 and 17 and two girls aged 14 and 16, both from Nickol — have been charged with one count each of aggravated robbery.

Police have also charged the man with assault with intent to rob over an assault on a taxi driver on Friday, January 11, when he was a passenger in the vehicle.

The investigation into two other recent taxi assaults in Karratha is ongoing.

Two boys from Nickol, aged 16 and 15, are also facing a combined 63 charges over a spate of graffiti in Millars Well, Peg’s Creek and Bulgarra and home burglaries in Karratha and Dampier throughout Tuesday.

Both have also been accused of stealing and crashing a car.

West Pilbara Detective-Sergeant Neil van der Plank said other than the man accused of both robbery and assault, police did not believe the offences were related.

Four of the accused were due to appear before Karratha Magistrate’s Court this afternoon.

Get the latest news from in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails