A Midland man who allegedly stole a jet ski from a Bluff Point driveway has been arrested and charged after he was intercepted by police heading south on Brand Highway.
Police will allege the 52-year-old detached a trailer carrying the jet ski about 6.30am on Monday morning and hooked it up to his own vehicle before taking off.
Perenjori police were carrying out random breath tests near Dongara when they received a report of someone driving erratically on Brand Highway.
Arresting officer Senior Constable Jess Reading said she and her partner initially did not know the jet ski was stolen but soon put two and two together.
Police hooked the jet ski on to their own vehicle and carried it back to Geraldton just hours after it was stolen.
“We had some funny looks,” Senior Constable Reading said.
“It was a nice feeling to return it to the owner in such a short space of time.
“We even got the lifejacket back for him.”
The jet ski is the pride and joy of apprentice electrician Jaxon Luff, who said he was shocked to wake up and find it missing from his driveway.
Mr Luff said he reviewed security footage from the home which showed a car was “scoping out” the property the night before.
The 18-year-old said he was “stoked” to get the jet ski back in one piece considering he had only bought it three months ago.
“A big thanks to Geraldton police and Perenjori police for getting it back for me,” he said.
Mr Luff said there wasn’t any room in his family’s garage to store the jet ski, but he had since had offers from friendly locals with a bit of room in their shed.