Woman charged over crime spree

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A BEL­MONT woman (27) al­legedly com­mit­ted 14 crimes in the western sub­urbs dur­ing a four-month crime spree un­til July 27 that re­sulted in 155 charges against her in Perth Mag­is­trates Court last week.

It is al­leged the woman’s crimes in­cluded steal­ing in Clare­mont on June 21, and two counts of fraud the same day in Su­bi­aco, be­fore steal­ing and fraud of­fences in Clare­mont on July 24.

She al­legedly stole twice in West Leed­erville on July 1, stole twice and de­frauded twice in Clare­mont on July 2, and stole twice in Su­bi­aco on July 6.

Her other al­leged crimes in­cluded steal­ing two cars, four bur­glar­ies, 113 counts of fraud and 38 counts of steal­ing.

The spree al­legedly took place in the sub­urbs of Suc­cess, Mor­ley, North Perth, Ben­nett Springs, Joon­dalup, South Perth, Armadale, Bi­bra Lake and Mirra­booka.

She was ar­rested in West­min­ster in July and will be re­manded in cus­tody un­til reap­pear­ing at the court in Septem­ber.

ON­LINE sell­ing and buy­ing is not new, but is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar as more peo­ple ac­cess so­cial me­dia and sites like Gumtree. It is com­mon for com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate Face­book pages where peo­ple sell goods of var­i­ous val­ues. Th­ese sites are a com­mon plat­form for crim­i­nals to on-sell stolen prop­erty. For that rea­son, buy­ers must be vig­i­lant about what they pur­chase and from whom. If the deal looks too good to be true then it prob­a­bly is. Com­mon stolen items sold on th­ese sites in­clude mo­tor­bikes, jew­ellery and tools. My ad­vice to peo­ple who pur­chase goods via th­ese sites is to take pre­cau­tions to es­tab­lish that the prop­erty was ob­tained le­git­i­mately. You can safe­guard your­self by ask­ing the seller ques­tions, and ask­ing for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. If you are caught with the stolen prop­erty you can pass on the in­for­ma­tion to po­lice. We don’t want peo­ple ring­ing po­lice be­fore ev­ery pur­chase. We want to re­mind peo­ple the risks they may be tak­ing by buy­ing from th­ese sites. In most cases the sales will be le­git­i­mate, but you just don’t know.- Se­nior Sergeant Dean Snashall

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