Thief goes on bur­glary spree

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

A THIEF is sus­pected to have com­mit­ted three bur­glar­ies re­ported to Cottes­loe po­lice in 12 hours on Oc­to­ber 21.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the thief is linked to an­other 10 crimes in other western sub­urbs.

“We have been hit by a burglar with th­ese bur­glar­ies, in ad­di­tion to an­other 10 bur­glar­ies in the past five days,” Se­nior Sergeant Carol Ver­non said.

The thief took a petty cash tin and dam­aged cab­i­nets at the Gem­mo­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of WA in Rail­way Street in Clare­mont overnight on Oc­to­ber 21, and ear­lier forced open a kitchen win­dow be­fore tak­ing $600 at a Fern Street in Swan­bourne house be­tween 8.15am and 3pm. Be­tween 1.15pm and 3.30pm, an un­locked front door al­lowed a hand­bag to be taken from the kitchen bench at a Salvado Street in Cottes­loe home.

Among the other 10 crimes in sub­urbs in­clud­ing Pep­per­mint Grove and Floreat, was a bur­glary at a Bateman Street, Mos­man Park home where $100 was taken on Oc­to­ber 19.

Those at the home dis­turbed a man wear­ing a full bal­a­clava, dark cloth­ing and gloves, be­fore he jumped a wall and es­caped.

Sgt Ver­non said it was sus­pected the thief was try­ing to get into many homes, be­fore find­ing one that could be robbed.

“To make it harder for him, peo­ple need to be au­to­mat­i­cally lock­ing doors and win­dows,” Sgt Ver­non said.

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