Woman charged over crime spree
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