Northam man arrested after two years on run

A 24-year-old Northam man that was on the run from police for two years has been apprehended in a random vehicle stop.

Northam Police Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Mills said officers conducted the vehicle stop in town about 9.40pm on Sunday.

Acting Senior Sergeant Mills alleged police found 2.7 grams of methamphetamine, scales and a knife.

"One of our switched-on officers saw the handle of the knife wedged in the vehicle seat," he said.

"We found other items associated with the preparation and sale of meth. They had a little shop with scales and plastic bags."

One of our switched-on officers saw the handle of the knife wedged in the vehicle seat.

Northam Police Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Mills

Acting Senior Sergeant Mills said the 24-year-old Northam man, with an outstanding warrant for his arrest, was charged with providing false details, possessing a weapon and possessing drugs.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court at a later date.

A 22-year-old Northam man, who police say was also in the vehicle, was charged with possessing a weapon and possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

He is due to appear in the Northam Magistrates Court at a later date.

Senior Sergeant Mills said police were vigilant with patrols.

"We police the streets at any particular time," he said.

"If you are up to no good, there is a high chance we will stop you."

In other crime news, after a series of diesel thefts police are advising farmers to make it harder for offenders to steal from their properties.

Wheatbelt District Office Acting Assistant Divisional Officer Dave Shillingford asked property owners to lock up farming equipment, fuel tanks and vehicle doors.

"Be aware that you're in the middle of nowhere and people are looking for opportunities to commit crimes," he said.

"People will look for opportunities.

"They may have sat at the boundary fence casing the place to see who is around.

"If you lock it, the person won't be able to steal the fuel.

"It's as simple as that."

Wheatbelt District Acting Inspector Dave Hornsby said most of the day-to-day crime committed in the region, like stealing, was opportunistic.

"We are trying to remind people to lock their houses, to not leave their pushbikes out on the front yard, those kind of things," he said.