Thieves switch stolen numberplates between getaway cars in Murray Bridge

Police are searching for a group of thieves which has been active in Murray Bridge; plus a speeding drink driver is arrested.

Police are tracking a group of thieves who have been breaking into houses using several different getaway cars – all with the same stolen numberplates.

Officers recently spotted the Western Australian licence plates, 1EZF 920, on a black BA Ford Falcon sedan in Murray Bridge.

The same plates had been seen earlier on a green Ford Territory four-wheel drive which was used for a break-in nearby.

Sometime between 9.15am and midday on Friday, three people were seen pulling up at a house on Cawte Street.

They broke in, made a mess and stole a few things.

Police soon realised the same numberplates had been seen on various vehicles used in at least three other break-ins in Murray Bridge and Bordertown.

Anyone who sees the 1EZF 920 numberplates on any vehicle, or who may have taken CCTV or dash cam footage around Cawte Street on Friday morning, should contact Crime Stoppers, anonymously if needed.

  • Contact Crime Stoppers: Call 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestopperssa.com.au.

  • Report suspicious activity: Call 131 444 or, in an emergency, 000.

Four will face court after Monteith truck stop

Meanwhile, police have reported four people and made one arrest after a day of truck checks at the Monteith weighstation.

Staff from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator joined police for the operation on the South Eastern Freeway last Wednesday.

They conducted 1205 breath tests and 94 drug tests.

Five drivers allegedly tested positive to methamphetamine and one to cannabis.

Police also issued 51 fines and defected 30 vehicles.

One driver was arrested after a check revealed he had an outstanding warrant.

Don’t speed past police cars when you’re drunk (or sober)

Finally, police have arrested a man they say was drink driving at high speed at Monarto last Wednesday.

The man’s white ute overtook a police car on the Old Princes Highway around 5.15pm, allegedly travelling at about 160 kilometres per hour and swerving all over the road.

Police gave chase, pulled over the 31-year-old from Murray Bridge and gave him a breath test.

He allegedly blew 0.157, about three times the legal blood alcohol limit.

He was arrested and charged with drink driving, speeding and dangerous driving, disqualified from driving for 12 months on the spot, and had his ute impounded for 28 days.

He was granted bail and will face the charges in court in Murray Bridge.


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