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Couples crime spree comes to dramatic end on busy Mandurah Road

The Regional Investigations Group’s hunt for a couple allegedly involved in a crime spree across the southern suburbs came to a dramatic end in Rockingham on Wednesday.

Police had been searching for a wanted couple, 26-year-old Alex William Martin and his girlfriend, aged in her 20s, Savannah Chatfield over the past month.

Regional Investigations Unit officers located an empty stolen vehicle the pair were believed to be sleeping in at a Madora Bay car park.

Officers waited for the couple to return before they pounced.

The car sped off along Madora Beach Road before it turned north onto Mandurah Road with several police vehicles in pursuit, the Police helicopter and K9-unit also deployed.

The Holden Commodore only made it kilometres along the busy stretch of road before it came to a stop in the median strip between Singleton and Madora Bay.

Skeer Media’s cameras were there as the manhunt came to an end, the vision you can see on Seven News Perth.

Photo: 7News/ Skeer Media.

Mr Martin, allegedly behind the wheel, fled the vehicle before he ran into oncoming traffic, travelling at 100 Kilometres per hour, and into bushland on the side of the southbound lanes of Mandurah Road.

Police were hot on his tail, detectives drove a Toyota Kluger into the scrub where they grabbed him.

He was arrested at the scene with a cut to his face while his girlfriend was also taken away in a police car.

Regional Investigations Unit detective Grant Wiltshire told Nine it was a team effort.

“Excellent job by the team,” he said.

“It’s good to have this guy off the streets.”

On November 25, WA Police appealed for public information on their whereabouts after the pair were allegedly involved in multiple offences, across Mandurah and Rockingham, which include stealing and armed robbery.

Nine’s crime editor Jerrie Demasi said the pair were wanted over 22 offences in 17 locations including home burglaries, stealing a motor vehicle, and criminal damage by fire.

The Regional Investigations Unit are involved in multiple investigations and have the power to allocate officers to any part of the state.

They are often involved in police operations across the Peel region including last weeks pursuit which saw a stolen Audi worth $115,000 crash in Lakelands.

Stolen $100k sports car crashes in Lakelands during police pursuit. Photos: Tex Reeks.

Regional Investigations Unit detective Grant Wiltshire said the group actively fights crime.

“We use every available resource we can to locate these suspects as quick as possible,” he said.

“Just trying to reduce harm in the community and get these guys off the streets.”

Mr Martin and Ms Chatfield are expected to appear in court at a later date.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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