Thieves empty lo­cal RSL’s safe

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Ascot Town Of Victoria Park -

THE Bel­mont RSL suf­fered a ma­jor blow af­ter its Australia Day cel­e­bra­tions its safe, filled with the week­end’s tak­ings, was bro­ken into and emp­tied out.

Bel­mont RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Alan Richard­son said he was dis­ap­pointed to dis­cover the dam­age at 7am on Tues­day, Jan­uary 27, and the ap­par­ent theft of a “large sum” of money.

“It puts us back in our prepa­ra­tions for the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions,” Mr Richard­son said.

The break-in was be­lieved to have oc­curred some time be­tween the fire­works start­ing last Mon­day night and 7am the fol­low­ing day.

“It just lets down the Aus­tralian spirit. It di­verts our at­ten­tion to the re­set­tling and for­mal­is­ing of our op­er­a­tions.”

The RSL has in­ter­nal se­cu­rity sen­sors and alarms but Mr Richard­son said the alarms were not trig­gered.

Bel­mont Po­lice’s Se­nior Sergeant Peter Arancini urged any­one with any in­for­ma­tion or who saw sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity near the RSL on the night of Jan­uary 26 to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Over the week­end, 35 peo­ple be­came Aus­tralian cit­i­zens at the Bel­mont RSL.

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