A man has been arrested following two robberies and a pursuit through metro and regional areas this afternoon.
About 12.40pm on Sunday 13 December, a man was sitting in his red Holden Commodore sedan on Grand Junction Road at Wingfield when a man armed with a knife came up and opened the driver’s door. The suspect pulled the driver out of his car before jumping in and driving off. The stolen car was last seen travelling east towards Gepps Cross.
About 12.45pm the stolen car was involved in a petrol drive off at a service station at Port Wakefield Road, Bolivar.
Police patrols converged on the area and spotted the car on Waterloo Corner Road heading towards Port Wakefield Road just after 1pm. PolAir was brought in to monitor the car from the air while patrols maintained a safe distance in cordons.
The stolen car continued north on Port Wakefield Road before turning into Angle Vale Road and onto the Northern Expressway through the Gawler area and onto the Barossa Valley Way.
Police will allege about 1.35pm the driver of the stolen car stopped on the Barossa Valley Way and attempted to pull a woman from her car but was unscuccessful. He then successfully stole a white Suzuki Swift from a woman, leaving behind the Holden Commodore. Thankfully she was not injured but was shaken by the incident.
The suspect was last seen heading east on Mugge Road in the stolen Suzuki.
PolAir tracked the Suzuki through Williamstown, Birdwood and into Mount Pleasant where patrols successfully spiked two of the car’s tyres. The driver did a u-turn and headed back through Birdwood, Gumeracha and Inglewood, and into the north-eastern suburbs.
The stolen Suzuki headed towards the CBD along North East Road, Grand Junction Road and Main North Roads.
As the car reached Archer Street at North Adelaide, the driver abandoned the car and fled on foot. Nearby patrols gave chase and arrested the driver just west of O’Connell Street.
A 21-year-old man from Andrews Farm was arrested and is currently being interviewed by police. He is expected to be charged later today.
Western District CIB Detectives are investigating the incidents and ask anyone with dash-cam footage of any of the incidents or vision of the stolen vehicles to come forward.
Anyone with information that can assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/