A resident has disturbed thieves who damaged a vehicle with an axe during a spate of thefts in west Portland.
Detective Senior Constable Aaron Elford, of the Portland police crime investigation unit, said two unknown offenders targeted vehicles parked in Portland's Avonmore Street and Finn Street overnight Saturday.
He said police had so far received reports of five cars being ransacked, with wallets, cash, cards and electronics, including a GoPro camera, stolen.
"A lot of the vehicles were left unlocked but one was smashed with an axe to gain entry through a window," the detective said.
"The resident heard the commotion and caught the offenders who ran off."
Detective Senior Constable Elford said the offenders were described as being two males aged in their late teens to early 20s.
"They're believed to be approximately 180-centimetres tall with thin builds," he said.
"One of them was wearing yellow tracksuit pants. We're hoping someone saw people who match this description in the Portland west area at the time of the offending."
Detective Senior Constable Elford said the offending came as a timely reminder to residents to lock their cars and remove all valuables.
"Now that the weather is starting to warm up, there's more people around so it's important to remain extra vigilant," he said.
He urged anyone with information to contact Portland police crime investigation unit or Crime Stoppers.
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