Police charge man over Preston Beach stolen fire truck 'fuel drive off'

A Warnbro man has been charged with several offences following a fuel drive-off in Preston Beach earlier this week.

Detectives from the regional investigations unit, who located the man in the Perth metropolitan area, confirmed the vehicle was a stolen fire truck. 

The 30-year-old has been charged with possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property, three counts of stealing, driving using false plates, three counts of having no authority to drive, stealing of a motor vehicle, and possession of a cannabis and methylamphetamine. 

Pemberton police are continuing with enquiries into the whereabouts of the second person captured in the CCTV images of the Preston Beach fuel drive-off. 

The Toyota Landcruiser utility was taken from the Springfield Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade's shed near Pemberton in WA's South West on Sunday morning at around 2am.

The rear tray of the stolen utility containing the firefighting equipment was found abandoned and damaged in bushland.

Acting Sergeant Kirk Hobson from Pemberton Police said the theft of the fire appliance is devastating for the local community, especially ahead of what's expected to be a severe bush fire season.

"We have a team of highly committed and dedicated volunteers who put themselves in harm's way to protect the local community, and to see this happen to them is disappointing," he said.

"Whoever stole the vehicle has put the local community at risk, and have a complete disregard for the safety of the community."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.