Thefts from motor vehicles on the increase in the Blue Mountains

There has been an increase in thefts from cars over the past month, with Leura and Wentworth Falls the “hot spots", according to police.

Blue Mountains Police Acting Commander Dietmar Almer said in August there had been 34 steal from motor vehicle offences reported in the Blue Mountains.

Between 6pm on August 18 and 2.45am on August 19 a house in Bullaburra was broken into, car keys taken, and then the family car stolen.

At about 2.50am on August 19 police received information that the vehicle was seen in Katoomba, but police patrolling the area were unable to locate the vehicle.

At about 3pm on August 23, police observed the stolen vehicle on the highway in Faulconbridge speeding through a school zone.

The grey Mazda SUV was seen travelling at over 100km/h in a 40km/h zone. 

A pursuit commenced near Woodford Railway Station, with the Mazda reaching speeds of up to 150km/h.

When the Mazda was involved in a minor collision with two other vehicles, the pursuit was terminated. 

The vehicle was eventually located in Sir Henry Burrell Drive, Wentworth Falls, by the police helicopter (PolAir).

No-one was injured during the pursuit.

A 29-year-old Penrith man was arrested and charged with 17 offences, including using a weapon to avoid apprehension, assaulting police, resisting police and intimidating police.. 

Then between 6pm on August 25 and 9.45am on August 26, money and medication was stolen from an unlocked car in Leura. 

Police are urging the public to lock their cars at all times.

“Police are once again reminding people that under the Australian road rules it is an offence to leave your vehicle unsecured,” Acting Commander Almer said.

Accident: A vehicle rolled over on the Great Western Highway at Medlow Bath just before 6am on Monday. Photo: Top Notch Video

Accident: A vehicle rolled over on the Great Western Highway at Medlow Bath just before 6am on Monday. Photo: Top Notch Video

“If the driver of a vehicle has parked their car and will be further than three metres from the car, it is the driver’s responsibility to remove the keys from the ignition and lock all of the windows and doors.” 

Vehicle rolls

A vehicle rolled over on the Great Western Highway at Medlow Bath just before 6am on Monday.

An Ambulance NSW spokesman said the elderly driver received a heavy knock to the head.