SA crime and emergency services news for the week starting Sunday, September 20.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
STEP BROTHERS MISSING AT BRIDGEWATER
Two step brothers aged 7 and 11 have been found safe and well.
Police thanked everyone for assisting with the search at Bridgewater.
Levi Morrow, 7, and Tyler Spencer, 11, appeared to become lost while walking yesterday afternoon. They had only recently moved to the area.
They were last seen leaving home on Wattle Tree Road at about 3.30pm.
Police searched the area and locals were asked to check their properties and to call
out for the boys.
Police asked locals to check any cubby houses or sheds on your own property before attempting to help with the broader search.
People able to help search the area on foot were asked to do so if they didn’t interfere with police efforts.
Levi was wearing a striped jumper and pink shorts and Tyler had on a black jumper, black pants and blue/grey sneakers.
Police updated their post on Facebook last night to announce the boys had been found safe and well.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ERRATIC DRIVING AT EDEN HILLS
A man has been arrested after allegedly smashing into a parked car and driving off in Eden Hills on Saturday afternoon.
The man, 46, of the state’s Far North, was seen dangerously driving a white Mitsubishi Pajero in Blackwood and Eden Hills area just before 1pm.
He was then spotted entering the dead-end street of Rosemary Ave before crashing into a parked Hyundai sedan and driving off.
Police spiked the Pajero’s tyres on Shepherds Hill Road, but he allegedly continued to drive on to Ashmore Road.
The 46-year-old was found by police dog Ben and arrested.
He was charged with several driving offences.
Police are appealing for any one with dashcam footage in the area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
HOME DESTROYED IN DAVOREN PARK FIRE
A home in Davoren Park has been destroyed after a fire broke out early on Saturday morning.
It took more than 20 firefighters an hour to contain the blaze, which started at a house on Hambridge Road at Davoren Park just before 5am.
STONE COTTAGE DESTROYED IN MID NORTH
A stone cottage in South Australia’s Mid North has been completely destroyed by a fire.
Four CFS crews, with two bulk water carriers from the MFS, rushed to the home on Campion Road at Marrabel just before 11.30pm on Friday.
The home was completely ablaze as emergency services arrived, but no one was inside at the time.
Fire Cause investigators will examine the scene on Saturday morning to determine exactly what sparked the blaze.
The damage bill is estimated at $250,000.
SUSPICIOUS FIRE AT UNIT COMPLEX
A fire that caused damage to a stairwell at an Elizabeth unit complex was deliberately started, the MFS says.
The blaze started at the three-storey block of units, on Main North Road at Elizabeth, about 4.30am on Saturday.
It took 12 MFS firefighters about five minutes to extinguish the flames, which were contained to the stairwell.
Police are investigating the blaze and the estimated damage bill is $20,000.
SHED DESTROYED AT PARAFIELD GARDENS
A shed has been destroyed by a fire at Parafield Gardens.
The blaze broke out on Verbener Drive about 2.30am on Saturday.
The flames spread from the shed to a car port, but firefighters managed to contain the fire in about 20 minutes.
MFS says the fire is not suspicious and the damage bill is estimated at $20,000.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING MOTORISTS WITH GUN
A man has been arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at motorists, including a bus driver, in the southern suburbs. A man exited a bus on Sandpiper Crescent, Aberfoyle Park around 8pm Thursday and walked around the front of the bus, and allegedly pointed a silver gun at the driver.
No shots were fired, and the man walked away. Hours later, around 11.30pm, a man was reportedly walking along Happy Valley Drive towards Windebanks Road, pointing a silver handgun at passing cars. No shots were fired. Police searched both areas after each incident and failed to locate a suspect.
On Friday around 9am a man was reported to have placed a silver handgun on the check out counter while purchasing his shopping at a southern suburbs shopping centre. He did not point the gun at anyone or make threats. Police matched the description of the man to CCTV of a man catching a city bound bus at a nearby bus stop. Police intercepted the bus on Anzac Highway at Ashford, where he was arrested. The gun was discovered to be a toy cap-gun, and was seized by police.
A 26-year-old Aberfoyle Park man was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated threats, and carrying an offensive weapon. He was refused bail to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.
POLICE SEEK WITNESSES TO HENLEY BEACH BASHING
Police are seeking witnesses and dashcam footage following a recent car park assault at Henley Beach, which left a man with serious facial injuries and missing teeth on Wednesday. A 20-year-old man was in a car park north of Henley Square around 7.30pm when two men known to him approached him and punched him multiple times to the face. The victim suffered facial injuries and had multiple teeth dislodged in the incident.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance. The suspects left the scene in a dark BMW.
One of the suspects, a 23-year-old Ingle Farm man was arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated assault causing harm. The second suspect, an 18-year-old from Ingle Farm, was arrested on Friday morning and was charged with aggravated assault causing harm. Both men were refused bail and will appear in Port Adelaide Magistrates Court later today.
Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack, or has dashcam or other footage of the incident. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
ERRATIC DRIVER REPORTED DRIVING WITH TWO MISSING WHEELS
A woman has been reported for driving her car with two missing wheels at Golden Grove.
Police received multiple reports of a car on its rims being driven on The Golden Way around 9pm Thursday.
Further reports by members of the public said the car was driving on the wrong side of the road. Police stopped the Toyota Yaris on Reuben Richardson Rd at Greenwith where they found both front tyres of the car had blown and the front bumper was missing – which they say fell off after hitting a pole on the Golden Way.
The driver, a 22-year-old Wynn Vale woman was uninjured.
She was reported for driving under the influence of drugs, possessing prescription medication and driving without due care. She will appear in court at a later date.
FIREARMS FOUND IN WHYALLA STUART
A man has been arrested after guns and a set of knuckledusters were found at a house in Whyalla Stuart. Police searched a house at around 11am Thursday and found two rifles, one that had been sawn off, ammunition and a set of knuckledusters – a metal knuckle guard worn in fighting. The 32-year-old local man was arrested for possessing a prescribed firearm, possession of a class A firearm without a licence, possession of ammunition and possession of a prohibited weapon. He was refused bail, to appear at the Whyalla Magistrates Court on Friday.
MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF WEAPONS AND DRUGS
A man has been arrested after police found him in possession of a firearm, throwing star, double bladed sword and cannabis seeds in Cambrai, east of Mount Pleasant.
Police searched the Cambrai house and located a sawn off air rifle, throwing star, double bladed sword and 16 cannabis seedlings.
The 29-year-old Cambrai man was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, and cultivating a controlled plant.
He was refused bail and appeared in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on Thursday.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY THROWING POO AT POLICE
A man has been arrested after a hit and run crash, where he allegedly coughed at police officers, claiming he ‘had COVID’, before throwing poo at them.
A black Holden ute reportedly crashed into a power pole around 7.15am Thursday, at the intersection of Kesters Road and Main North Road at Para Hills.
Members of the public said the driver drove the car away with a missing wheel.
Police located him travelling on nearby Frances Ave and arrested the driver, a 46-year-old Para Hills man.
He allegedly refused a breath test and was taken to Modbury Hospital.
At the hospital, police say the man coughed on officers after claiming he had COVID-19.
He also allegedly threw poo at the officers, and exposed himself to medical staff.
The man has been charged with driving without due care, driving under the influence, failing to comply with a police direction, property damage, three counts of aggravated assault to an emergency service worker and indecent behaviour.
He was refused bail to face Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Friday. His car was towed from the scene.
FALSE REPORT OF STOLEN CAR LEADS TO ARREST
A woman has been arrested after allegedly crashing a car into a caravan and making a false report her car was stolen at Roxby Downs.
A car crashed into a caravan parked on the side of the road on Stuart Road about midnight on Thursday.
Police spoke to a woman at the scene, who said the Mazda sedan was hers, and the car had been stolen earlier in the evening – implying she had not crashed the car into the caravan.
Following an investigation, the woman at the scene, a 21-year-old from Roxby Downs, was arrested and charged with making a false report to police, driving disqualified, driving without due care and driving under the influence. She was bailed to appear in the Roxby Downs Magistrates Court in December.
POLICE HUNT MAN WHO USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD TO BUY AN ICE CREAM MACHINE
Police are appealing for victims of credit card theft after a man allegedly purchased an ice cream machine with stolen credit cards in Adelaide last week.
Between 10am and 12pm Thursday September 17, a man entered a business on Sturt Street, and bought a Carpigiani soft serve ice cream machine, serial number IC105811, for $13,836.
The man used three different credit cards to buy the machine, using three equal payments of $4612 per card.
The machine is distinct and weighs almost 200kg.
The suspect put the machine in a white van and drove away.
On Tuesday September 22 a woman reported to police her card had been fraudulently used, which launched the investigation. Now police are appealing for other victims of credit card fraud to come forwards. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER COLLECTABLE COIN THEFT
A man has been arrested after collectable coins were stolen from a Mawson Lakes store last month – a day after police released images of the suspects.
The man and woman entered a store on Hurtle Parade on Friday August 28, where the man allegedly placed a coin in his pocket. The woman allegedly stole a folder containing up to 200 coins.
Police searched a Peterhead address today, around 1pm where they found a quantity of the stolen coins. A 55-year-old Peterhead man was arrested and charged with theft and unlawful possession. He was bailed to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court in October.
The female suspect has been identified and will be questioned at a later date.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
CCTV IMAGES AFTER ALLEGED COLLECTABLE COIN THEFT
Police have released images of a man and a woman as suspects following the theft of up to 200 collectable coins at a Mawson Lakes store last month.
A man and woman entered the business on Hurtle Parade around 3.45pm Friday, August 28.
The man allegedly place a coin in his pocket without staff noticing.
The woman allegedly stole a folder containing 75-2000 collectable coins, by placing it in her handbag while staff were in the back room.
Police released CCTV images of the suspects.
The man was wearing a black singlet, with a tattoo sleeve, short grey hair and a beard.
The woman was wearing denim shorts, sandals and a patterns white and blue T-shirt, with shoulder length black hair.
Anyone with information relating to the suspects is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS CAR FIRE IN CBD
Police say a car fire that broke out in the CBD this morning was arson.
A white Volkswagen van was found alight on Gawler Pl around 6am on Wednesday.
Crews brought the fire under control but the van was destroyed.
Police are investigating the fire, which they say was deliberately lit.
Anyone with information to assist the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
TEEN ARRESTED AFTER STEALING BIKE AND CRASHING CAR
A teenager has been arrested after allegedly stealing a bike and crashing his car, causing another car to land on its side at Ovingham on Tuesday.
A security worker at the University of Adelaide saw a man allegedly steal a bike from a bike rack on North Terrace around 1.20pm, and put it in a station wagon.
Security tracked the car using CCTV. The suspect was spotted by patrols travelling north on O’Connell Street, and followed the station wagon for a short distance, before it took off at speed. The car crashed into a black Hyundai a short time later at the intersection of Park Terrace and Torrens Road, causing the Hyundai to land on its side.
The Hyundai driver, a 33-year-old Magill man, was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The suspect continued driving on Torrens road where he crashed the car again. The male and his female passenger were spotted running from the vehicle, on Drayton St. Police pursued them on foot and arrested the man, a 19-year-old from Smithfield. He was charged with theft, driving disqualified, driving an unregistered vehicle and disobeying a red light,
MAN FINDS STRANGER IN BEDROOM
A Torrensville resident returned home to find an unknown man in his bedroom in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Police say the resident chased the stranger out of his Henley Beach Rd house just before 2am.
A brief struggle took place at the side of the house, before another unknown man arrived and threatened the resident.
The two strangers jumped over a fence and were last seen on Henley Beach Rd.
The two suspects are described as being caucasian, aged between 30 and 40, with a medium build. One was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants, while the other was wearing a long, black leather jacket, black pants and had something covering his mouth.
Investigations are continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
MAN ARRESTED FOR RECENT AND HISTORIC CHILD SEX OFFENCES
A northern suburbs man has been arrested in connection to recent and historic child sex offences, including maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child.
The 30-year-old man was charged with maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child, producing child exploitation material and possessing child exploitation material.
Investigations are ongoing into the nature and extent of the offending.
He was refused police bail, to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
TEENS ARRESTED FOR SETTING CAR ALIGHT IN WHYALLA
Two teenage boys have been arrested for allegedly stealing a car and setting it alight in Port Augusta. Police were alerted to a car that was on fire near Tassie Street and dry salt lake around 5am Thursday. The fire was put out but the car was extensively damaged. A 17-year-old Whyalla boy and a 15-year-old Port Augusta boy were arrested and charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass, illegal use of a motor vehicle, theft, arson and traffic offences.
They were refused police bail, and appeared in the youth court, where they were remanded in custody again in late September and November.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
MORE THAN 600 WEED PLANTS FOUND AT SMITHFIELD
Police are investigating the discovery of more than 600 cannabis plants in a Smithfield shed on Sunday.
Officers searched the shed located at a property and found 610 cannabis plants of various sizes being grown hydroponically around 11.30am on Sunday.
No-one was at the property when police attended, and investigations will continue.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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YOUTHS ARRESTED AFTER THROWING ROCKS AT A MAN
Four teenagers have been arrested after allegedly throwing rocks at a man in Hindmarsh on Monday afternoon. Police were called to reports the youths were throwing rocks at a man on Adam St around 1pm. An off-duty officer arrested two of the youths, and patrols searched the area to track the other two suspects.
Two 15-year-old boys, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were arrested and charged wit aggravated affray.
MAN BOUND AND ASSAULTED AT UNDERDALE
Three men have been arrested for allegedly tying up a man with duct tape and hitting him in the face at Underdale on Sunday night.
The attack took place at a block of units on Hardys Road just before 9pm.
Police found a man, 47, on top of a car port after he smashed through a second-storey window. Glass was still seen scattered across the car port roof on Monday afternoon, while the window remained damaged.
The victim had facial injuries and silver duct tape on his arms and legs.
He was assessed at the scene and taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital for further treatment.
A resident at the unit refused to speak at length with journalists at the scene, just saying “someone was bashed” before closing the door.
One neighbour was talking on the phone to a friend when she heard a loud argument erupt at one of the units.
“There was some shouting and a dog barking, they were all men’s voices, my friend could hear it on the phone.”
“But, I wasn’t aware there was anything serious going on,” the neighbour said after seeing the smashed window.
Police arrested an Underdale man, 35, at the scene and charged him with unlawful detention and aggravated assault causing harm.
He was bailed to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court at a later date.
A short time later, three men were arrested when they returned to the address.
An Underdale man, 50, a Barossa Valley man, 53, and a Novar Gardens man, 36, were also charged with unlawful detention and aggravated assault causing harm.
The three men were refused bail and appeared in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police said all men were known to each other and the incident was not considered random.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
US TIP-OFF LEADS TO SA MAN’S ARREST
A tip-off from the United States has led to the arrest of a South Australian man on child-abuse material charges.
The United States National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted Australian Federal Police to a suspected SA user uploading content to social media.
AFP said the material depicted a young girl engaging in a sexually suggestive act.
The SA Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team allege the account was linked to a 56-year-old man and searched his home, where child-abuse material was found on electronic devices.
The man was charged with possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service. He will appear in Port Pirie Magistrates Court on Monday.
The maximum penalty for the offence is 15 years’ imprisonment.
Australian Federal Police Detective acting Superintendent Gavin Stone said police worked tirelessly to protect children and bring to justice anyone who preyed on them.
“The children who are forced into these unimaginable situations are continually re-victimised through every access and share of the content online,” Superintendent Stone said.
“Anyone who views this material shows a complete disregard for the emotional and physical trauma that these children experience and is complicit in the physical abuse.
“Potential offenders should be warned that law enforcement agencies around the world work together to pursue anyone who seeks to harm children.”
SA Police Detective Superintendent Mark Wieszyk said it was committed to identifying people responsible for accessing and making available child-abuse material available.
“Working together with the AFP, our investigators aim to stop the exploitation of children and to rescue as many children as possible from this abhorrent crime,” Superintendent Wieszyk said.
Anyone with information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation should contact Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the report abuse button.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
DRIVER CRITICAL AFTER YUNDI CRASH
A driver is fighting for life after a crashing into a tree at Yundi, near Mount Compass.
The smash occurred on Enterprise Rd just after 4.15am on Sunday.
Nearby residents heard the crash and called emergency services.
The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was cut from the car by CFS crews and rushed to the Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition.
Major Crash investigators are at the scene and Enterprise Rd is closed to all traffic while they examine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Meanwhile, there were delays for outbound traffic on the South Eastern Freeway, near Bridgewater, after a motorcycle crash.
THREE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PORT RD SMASH
Port Rd has reopened to southbound traffic between Adam St, Hindmarsh and George St, Thebarton after a two-car smash overnight.
A black Ford Mustang travelling south on Port Rd collided with a silver Ford Festiva that was turning onto Port Rd from Phillips St just after 1am on Sunday.
Three male passengers in the Festiva, all in their 20s, have been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Mustang was not injured.
The Festiva driver – a 26-year-old man – was not injured in the incident and allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.185, more than three times over the legal limit.
He is being interviewed by police and is expected to be charged with causing injury through dangerous driving, drink driving and aggravated driving without due care.
Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.