Man charged over car battery theft

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times

A Bunbury man has been charged after allegedly breaking into the Dunsborough Waste Facility and stealing car batteries.

At 1.45am on March 14, police allege the 37-year-old man and another man were observed on CCTV at the Dunsborough Waste Facility on Vidler Road.

At 4.25am, police allege the accused and the second man returned to the facility in a four-wheel-drive. Police allege they lifted the front gate off its hinges, loaded up a trailer with loose batteries and drove away.

Later that morning, the pair visited a scrap metal yard in Picton and allegedly exchanged the batteries for $824.

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Police found and arrested the 37-year-old man, who will appear in Bunbury Magistrate’s Court on August 14.

Dunsborough police Constable Kelly Player said the arrest was a “great result” to deter stealing from the Dunsborough Waste Facility.

“The facility has been targeted five times since January this year, and two male persons have been charged for separate incidents,” she said.

Police are still investigating the whereabouts of the second man.

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