Ram­bla Bar bro­ken into

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

New Wick­ham venue Ram­bla Bar was bro­ken into and robbed twice last week, the lat­est in a series of in­ci­dents dis­rupt­ing the new busi­ness.

In two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents last week, the busi­ness’ bolted store­room was bro­ken into late at night and a large amount of al­co­hol taken.

Roe­bourne po­lice Sergeant Steve Tay­lor said of­fi­cers had so far charged five peo­ple — four adults and one ju­ve­nile aged 16 — with ag­gra­vated bur­glary over an in­ci­dent on Fri­day, Jan­uary 6.

He said po­lice would claim the ac­cused had used bolt cut­ters and a kan­ga­roo jack to en­ter the store- room. An­other in­ci­dent ear­lier in the week in­volved sim­i­lar meth­ods but po­lice be­lieve a dif­fer­ent per­son, or group, was re­spon­si­ble.

Ram­bla Bar owner Bart Par­sons said the venue had been bro­ken into three times since open­ing in Oc­to­ber and there had been an­other at­tempted case.

“The first cou­ple were fairly min­i­mal but the last one they took a fair bit of stock,” he said.

“In­sur­ance cov­ers this, but our pre­mi­ums will even­tu­ally be pushed up if it con­tin­ues.”

Mr Par­sons said Ram­bla and the City of Kar­ratha, which owns the build­ing, had in­stalled for­ti­fied locks to de­ter bur­glars but the means of forc­ing en­try had been “es­ca­lat­ing”.

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