Esperance Care Services vehicle theft sees man and woman charged

Two people are set to face charges of stealing and stealing a motor vehicle after an alleged burglary of an Esperance charity.

A 35-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were charged after Esperance Care Services, which supports some of the most vulnerable people in the community, had its vehicle and other property stolen between the night of November 29 and the early morning of November 30.

Both alleged offenders are from Esperance.

Esperance Police Senior Sergeant Justin Tarasinski said police were called in the morning and then attended the scene.

Police put photos of the missing car on their social media and asked the public to be on the lookout.

As a result, police were told the vehicle was seen in Ravensthorpe.

"We liaised with Ravensthorpe and Lake Grace Police who managed to catch up with the vehicle and the suspects on board," Snr Sergeant Tarasinski said.

Police allege the couple had been driving with stolen property from the burglary.

The man and woman may face further charges with investigations ongoing.

Esperance Care Services chief executive officer Chris Meyer said he was in Perth when he received a call at about 7am on the Saturday morning.

The person told him the organisation's vehicle had been spotted racing towards Ravensthorpe.

Mr Meyer said a large quantity of goods had been taken, with windows smashed and two internal doors destroyed.

"It's had a dramatic effect on the organisation at the moment," he said.

"We couldn't trade on Saturday morning and I'm not sure when we'll be able to trade."

Mr Meyer said the group's internet connection, security camera recorders, computers, a television and an Eftpos machine were stolen.

He said the incident would impact the most vulnerable members of the community, given the crisis support work the charity does.

"The issue with our vehicle is that it's our busiest time of year leading up to Christmas and we're now without a vehicle and we will be for some time," he said.

Mr Meyer said the vehicle could no longer be used as it had been 'clearly trashed' en route to Lake Grace and had been rolled.

He said the charity had never suffered a break in on this scale and estimated the loss was between $30,000 to $40,000.

"Some years ago we had some people break into our food room on a different premises. That was relatively minor compared to this," Mr Meyer said.

The charity leader thanked the public for its "marvelous" support and the police for their prompt and effective response.

"The police response was fantastic and we appreciate their help," Mr Meyer said.

"The community has been very supportive and we'll be back up and running as soon as we can."

Snr Sergeant Tarasinksi said the targeting of a charity didn't make the offence more severe, but it was 'particularly disappointing'.

"Given the services Esperance Care Services provides to the community, it makes it extremely disappointing when they become the target of offences such as burglary," he said.