‘Brazen’ burglaries during the night spark police warning
Residents have woken to find flashlights shining in their bedrooms as intruders attempted to ransack their homes during two “brazen” burglaries this week.
The cold temperatures were not enough to deter thieves on Thursday morning, with four burglaries reported across Kalgoorlie-Boulder between midnight and 7am.
Police have warned the public to secure homes and valuables after it became clear intruders entered through unlocked doors in two of the four burglaries.
Unknown offenders entered a Crowley Way property in Somerville through an unlocked sliding door about 1.10am, taking various items as they searched the house.
The homeowners woke to see a flashlight or mobile phone in their be- droom and called out, prompting the intruders to run away. Later that morning the resident of a house in Dellar Place, South Kalgoorlie, awoke in almost identical circumstances.
The offenders again entered through an unlocked door.
A quad bike was stolen the same morning from a Turich Way home in Victory Heights, though it appears offenders used a pair of bolt cutters to enter a shed at the back of the property. A leaf blower was also taken from an unlocked shed at a Somerville business on Peek Way.
Kalgoorlie police acting officer-incharge Sergeant Brett Pengilly said it was disturbing to see two burglaries take place inside houses where residents were sleeping.
“The biggest thing is they’re so brazen going into houses when an ordinary person would assume there’d be people at home asleep,” he said.