SECURE ITEMS TO AVOID WINTER BLUES
A GROUP of four burglars were chased by a cleaner from the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre for Children in Dodd Street between 10.30pm and 11.15pm on June 1. “The cleaners were on site and had turned off the alarm,” Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian said. After losing the burglars at the intersection of Dodd and Harborne streets, the cleaner discovered five of the centre’s rooms had been searched but it was unclear if anything had been stolen. The burglars were described as male, wearing black hooded jumpers and dark trousers.
A YANGEBUP man (19) allegedly committed seven burglaries between April 5 and June 5 in Subiaco, West Leederville, Shenton Park, East Fremantle and Yangebup. The spree allegedly included taking a 2002 Jaguar car from a Roberts Road, Subiaco, house on May 26. Sgt Vivian said forensic evidence from the car’s theft, a May 31 burglary at a Subiaco Road house and CCTV footage of the man allegedly using stolen credit cards led police to a Ballajura house, where the man was arrested on June 30. He was charged with multiple burglary, fraud and stealing offences before he was remanded in custody to reappear at Fremantle Magistrates Court on July 28.
A SPATE of thefts from cars parked on a western suburbs street includes thieves breaking into a vehicle parked on Kintyre Street about 10pm on June 31. Police said the car was unlocked, enabling the thieves to take a handbag that contained credit cards, which the owner was able to quickly cancel.
SCHOOL cleaners disturbed a man trespassing at Freshwater Bay Primary School in Bay View Terrace about 6am on June 31. Police said the cleaners saw the man leave the school but there was no apparent damage or theft. The man was described as aged in his 40s, wearing a dark beanie and dark, three-quarter length shorts.
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THIEVES smashed two front doors at Bold Park Community School overnight on June 28. Sgt Vivian said one of the school’s two kitchens was entered. However, nothing appeared to have been stolen.
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A MAN used an axe to smash the glass door of an Onslow Road bakery but left emptyhanded about 3.45am on June 16. “Once inside he went straight to the office and used the axe to try gain access to the safe but was unable to open it, and he then left the store, damaging a till on his way out,” Constable Paul Donnellan said. The man was described as fair-skinned, aged 20-40, average height and medium build. He was wearing a black mask with a white skull, a blue jumper with a white Nike emblem, denim jeans and dark skate shoes.
Winter is still a time when burglars are active. Burglaries no longer reduce in frequency because of weather. If your doors and windows are shut they should also be locked. When you get home at night, make sure your entrance to your home is safe. Do not leave valuables or items that could be stolen, including bicycles, outside or on verandas. Even in winter these will attract attention from burglars.
- Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian