POLICE are investigating if a sledgehammer taken from a Mosman Park home was used in burglaries at HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont, three Floreat Forum shops and Karrinyup Myer on February 1.
Police said a sledgehammer was used to smash into the properties, and possible links to three men’s attempts to forcibly open a safe during a break-in at a Loch Street, Nedlands business the same night are also being investigated.
A lower glass panel was smashed at the stadium about 10pm. Cash and women’s clothing were taken from the Running Bare sports shop.
Officers chased three men through nearby bush, arresting a Koongamia man (29) who was subsequently charged with stealing. He was remanded to reappear at Perth Magistrates Court later this month.
His suspected accomplices were still being sought by detectives last week. At Floreat Forum, jewellery was taken from a store, while cash was stolen from a till at the eyebrow shaping shop Zubria’s Threading. But nothing seems to have been taken from the New Zealand Natural icecream outlet.
Clothes were stolen from Karrinyup Myer.
At Loch Street, three men, described as dark-skinned, aged 2025 and wearing baseball caps and dark clothing, entered the business after removing a back-door window.
Police said the burglars set off an alarm while trying to open the safe with sledgehammers.