Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in relation to the two cars burned out over the weekend.
The boy was charged with setting the cars alight in Cootes Park and Torpy Street in the early hours of Sunday morning, and police believe he may also be connected to the theft of firearms from Clinton Street.
The spree began when three rifles were stolen from an address in Clinton Street on Sunday, before an incident in Oak Street left a resident threatened with a firearm.
Central West Police District Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick said no shots were fired on Oak Street.
That one piece of information, no matter how small, could be the piece that solves the puzzle for us.Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick
However, shots were reported at about 9.50pm on Sunday night in Cootes Park, which led to police searching the area.
Only a few hours later, police allege the boy was then involved in burning a Mazda Ute at about 2am Monday in the same park, and that he was involved in another incident which set a Toyota Corolla alight in a Torpy Street driveway on Sunday morning.
Police executed two warrants at addresses in Springfield Place and Nelson Place on Monday, and while the firearms weren’t recovered at those locations Detective Inspector Grassick said they found information at the site.
“No firearms were recovered, however other evidence assisted us in relation to other offences,” he said.
The firearms were later recovered at an address in Garema Road.
Police believe the boy was working with accomplices and the incidents are still under investigation.
Anyone with information about any of those incidents is encouraged to come forward.
Detective Inspector Grassick also said a crime unit has been set up to track break and enters, thefts and burnt-out cars.
Police are believed to be closing in on the culprits of some fires after several vehicles were recovered after being stolen in recent weeks.
He didn’t divulge how many people were working in the team or what their methods were, but appealed to the public to come forward if they had information about car and thefts in the area.
“That one piece of information, no matter how small, could be the piece that solves the puzzle for us,” he said.
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