Police have charged a man as part of an investigation into the alleged theft of a fire truck from WA's South West.
The Toyota Landcruiser utility was stolen from the Springfield Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade's shed near Pemberton on Sunday morning at around 2am, with the rear tray containing firefighting equipment found abandoned and damaged in bushland.
A 30-year-old man from Warnbro was arrested on Thursday after being allegedly caught on camera committing an alleged fuel drive off at Preston Beach near Mandurah.
He and another man are alleged to have been driving a utility police say is the same stolen fire truck from Pemberton, with the tray, livery and other bar work removed.
However, police said the 30-year-old man is at this stage not being linked to the burglary at the fire station shed, but it will be alleged he was in possession of the fire truck.
He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Armadale Magistrates Court on Friday facing a range of charges including possessing or unlawfully obtaining property, three counts of stealing, stealing a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle with forged, replica or false plates on a road and possessing prohibited drugs.
The second man seen wearing a black hoodie in CCTV footage captured during the alleged fuel drive off remains outstanding.
Inquiries are continuing into the burglary at Pemberton and police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au???