Two men and a woman have been arrested for aggravated robbery of a car at Port Wakefield last night.
Just after 9pm on Thursday 1 August, a woman was sitting in her orange Mitsubishi Lancer at a service station on Port Wakefield Highway when she was approached by two men.
They demanded she get out of the car, and when she did the two men got into the car and drove away.
The woman was not injured.
The police helicopter and extra patrols were called to the area to search for the stolen car, which was last seen heading towards Adelaide on the Port Wakefield Highway.
Police will allege the suspects attempted to steal a car on the Copper Coast Highway prior to the aggravated robbery at Port Wakefield. The victim refused to stop the car and continued driving to Adelaide.
Just after 12.30pm on Friday 2 August, the Mitsubishi was involved in a petrol theft at Port Augusta. About 50 minutes later the same vehicle was involved in a second petrol theft at Whyalla. A third petrol drive off was reported to have occurred over two hours later at Port Lincoln.
About 11am the same date the stolen vehicle was spotted in Ceduna by an off duty member. Police followed the car and about an hour and a half later Ceduna patrols intercepted the vehicle when it stopped at Yalata. Patrols quickly arrested three people.
A 26-year-old man and a 28-year-old man both from Port Augusta, and a 53-year-old woman from Port Pirie South were all arrested and are expected to be charged with numerous offences including aggravated robbery, petrol thefts, evading police and traffic offences. All three people are expected to be refused police bail and appear in the Ceduna Magistrates Court Monday.