Newman Police are searching for a stolen vehicle that was involved in a string of burglaries on Monday morning which saw several businesses targeted including the Newman Airport bar. Police are investigating a series of burglaries which began around 10pm on April 17 and lasted until about 4.20am on April 18 that saw a stolen Volkswagen Amarok driven into the Newman Boulevard Shopping Centre and Celebrations liquor store. The offenders then forced entry into the Smokemart shop and took a “quantity” of cigarettes. Newman officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Rob Linsley said at the Celebrations Liquor Store, there was extensive damage to liquor on top of alcohol being taken. Sen. Sgt Linsley said Police believed six juveniles were involved in the incidents. The offenders also broke into the Newman Airport. “It was related and alcohol was taken from the licensed area within the airport, which is called Bar 68,” Sen. Sgt Linsley said. “We’re still going through the forensic material and CCTV at this point in time to identify suspects.” The offending comes just a week after Operation Regional Shield was rolled out in the Pilbara to tackle the regions spiralling crime problem. Police Minister Paul Papalia earlier this month said something had to be done to protect police, the community and vulnerable children. “This isn’t just about making arrests,” he said. “It’s about identifying vulnerable children early and helping to steer them away from being led down the wrong path.” Newman has been struggling repeated crime sprees for the past year. The town hosted a community crime forum in June to develop strategies to combat the issue, including a community-led Martu Patrol program to pick up children on the streets at night and take them home. And in December, a surge in crime saw police officers from Karratha and Port Hedland sent to Newman to help local officers tackle a “huge” number of crimes.