BEACH THEFTS CAN RUIN EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - – Se­nior Sergeant Neil Mor­ton-Smith

Thieves like the beach too. It's a place where they can easily take purses and wal­lets from bags left on the sand, or the bags them­selves, or valu­ables af­ter smash­ing into cars parked by the beach. Please be mind­ful where you put your valu­ables when you are at the beach this sum­mer. Don't bring items that will at­tract a thief. Keep ev­ery­thing se­cure. Theft of a wal­let or a mo­bile phone will ruin a great day out.

1 WEST PERTH A SIL­VER Mercedes-Benz with num­ber plates stolen from a Ford at a West Perth home on Septem­ber 18 may be linked to other crimes. Se­nior Sergeant Mur­ray Gen­eff said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the Mercedes was used dur­ing a theft at Bal­catta Bun­nings, and an in­ci­dent at Kar­rinyup Shop­ping Cen­tre, both on Septem­ber 24. The ve­hi­cle may have been used when clothes were taken by three women from Transit Cloth­ing on Rokeby Road, Su­bi­aco, a day ear­lier. The car was found by po­lice near Can­ning­ton on Septem­ber 28.

2 NED­LANDS PO­LICE say “sev­eral” arm­fuls of de­signer cloth­ing were taken when a front door was smashed be­fore Coco and Lola Bou­tique, Princess Road, was robbed about 4.20am on Septem­ber 28. Snr Sgt Gen­eff said the alarm was ac­ti­vated, but no ve­hi­cle was seen. How­ever, the rob­bery is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for its pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to the theft of dresses worth $8000 from Tokai Bou­tique, Su­bi­aco, on Septem­ber 23, and eight bur­glar­ies across Perth af­ter a Jeep Cherokee was taken from a Lof­tus Street, North Perth, home on Septem­ber 25. “Based on what’s go­ing on, we think it’s more than likely they are linked,” Snr Sgt Gen­eff said. A MO­TOR­CY­CLIST wear­ing a red hel­met and a red jacket was scared off by a wit­ness, be­fore he re­turned on his ma­chine and broke into Mo­bile Phone Care, Stir­ling High­way, about 5.45am on Septem­ber 25. Snr Sgt Gen­eff said the wit­ness saw the rider on a blue and red mo­tor­cy­cle ini­tially look about, be­fore rid­ing off. He re­tuned five min­utes later and smashed the store’s front win­dow with what ap­peared top be a screw­driver, but noth­ing was taken.

3 COTTES­LOE A WIN­DOW was forced open when thieves took a car from a Broome Street home be­tween 12.25pm and 4.30pm on Septem­ber 25. Se­nior Sergeant Neil Mor­ton-Smith said the thieves searched the house and sev­eral rooms. They took a Mercedes, which had not been re­cov­ered late last week.

4 PEP­PER­MINT GROVE A FOR­REST Street res­i­dent was in his back gar­den when thieves en­tered. Snr Sgt Mor­ton-Smith said the home’s front door was un­locked be­tween 8pm and 11pm on Septem­ber 27. The thieves took two sets of keys when they were in the house.

5 WEM­B­LEY A SUBARU found near Rock­ing­ham was tracked back to its Lake Mon­ger Drive owner who was un­aware it had been taken overnight on Septem­ber 25. “It was found crashed in a Port Kennedy beach car park,” Snr Sgt Gen­eff said. The car’s owner only dis­cov­ered the car had been taken af­ter be­ing told by po­lice and then go­ing to in­spect his garage.

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