A woman who spent the weekend out of range on a fishing trip returned home to discover her house broken into and her vehicle stolen, with the 4WD driven to Perth and used in several alleged crimes. Police will allege a 26-year-old Armadale man broke into a Bayview Street home in Mount Tarcoola between 7am and 1pm on Friday, September 23, while the owner was on a fishing trip at the Abrolhos Islands. Police say the suspect unlocked a window to the house and rummaged through rooms before finding a key to a Toyota Landcruiser secured inside a garage. The suspect allegedly unlocked the roller door with the key and drove the stolen vehicle to Perth. Geraldton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Chris Martin said the vehicle was involved in multiple stealing offences in the metropolitan area. “(The victim) went away on a fishing trip and had her house has broken into. In the meantime a vehicle was driven from Geraldton to Perth,” he said. “It’s been involved in a few fuel drive offs and police have got wind of this vehicle and advised Geraldton police.” Sen. Sgt Martin alleged police attempted to contact the victim who was without reception on the island until she returned days later. He said the suspect was found on Boundary Road in Wattle Grove, in possession of the vehicle. A 26-year-old man was arrested in Perth on Sunday, September 25 and charged with stealing a motor vehicle. Police have yet to charge the suspect for burglary or stealing offences, but inquiries are ongoing. “We are still doing the background checks — CCTV and collecting information — and (he) remains a suspect for a number of offences in the Perth area,” Sen. Sgt Martin said. He will face Geraldton Magistrates Court on October 13.