Po­lice­man, se­cu­rity guards ap­pre­hend al­leged thief

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer and se­cu­rity guards chased down a man who al­legedly stole more than $10,000 worth of jewellery from a jew­eller in Kar­ratha City shop­ping cen­tre last week.

It is al­leged the 23-year-old man stole items — mainly chains — from a Kar­ratha City jew­eller at about noon on Sun­day, April 23.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said af­ter shop staff alerted se­cu­rity the man had been stopped and ar­rested at his car by an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer who was in the area and had in­ter­vened when he saw se­cu­rity guards chas­ing the al­leged of­fender.

The man has been charged with one count of steal­ing and is due to ap­pear be­fore court early this month.

He is on bail with the con­di­tion that he does not visit the shop­ping cen­tre.

The items of jewellery have since been re­turned to the store and it is be­lieved no vi­o­lence was in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

Sen. Sgt Stevens said rob­beries from jew­ellers in Kar­ratha City shop­ping cen­tre were a rare oc­cur­rence.

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