WHAT TO DO AF­TER A BUR­GLARY

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - - Sergeant Craig Markham

BUR­GLARY, steal­ing of ve­hi­cles and steal­ings mean po­lice foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors will con­duct an ex­am­i­na­tion and lo­cate ev­i­dence that may lead to an ar­rest and po­ten­tial re­cov­ery of stolen prop­erty. Crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of an ex­am­i­na­tion is lim­it­ing the con­tam­i­na­tion of the scene be­tween when the of­fender left and the ar­rival of in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Vic­tims will nat­u­rally search through their prop­erty to lo­cate valu­ables and sen­ti­men­tal items to as­cer­tain the ex­tent of the crime. This usu­ally in­volves han­dling items touched or left be­hind by the of­fender. The sen­si­tiv­ity of fin­ger­print­ing and DNA iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy has in­creased in re­cent years, so it is highly rec­om­mended to ex­plain the scene to po­lice as best and as soon as pos­si­ble. They will tell you the best course of ac­tion to pre­serve those items for foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion and how those items are best han­dled. They can also say which items can be placed back in their usual po­si­tion so the vic­tim can start their road to re­cov­ery.

1 FLOREAT

THIEVES forced open a back door to raid JJ King’s Cafe on Birk­dale Street overnight on May 17. “They re­moved the en­tire con­tents of the till, ba­si­cally the float,” Se­nior Sergeant Tony Booker said. The thieves also stole a lap­top com­puter in the cafe, which had no CCTV or se­cu­rity alarm.

2 COTTES­LOE

A MAN act­ing sus­pi­ciously has been charged with pos­sess­ing heroin. Sgt Booker said a po­lice pa­trol saw the man at the in­ter­sec­tion of For­rest Street and Stirling High­way about 9pm on May 17. “He was spo­ken to and it will be al­leged that af­ter he was searched it was found he had a small amount of the drug in his pos­ses­sion,” Sgt Booker said. The Mt Clare­mont man (32) will be sum­monsed to ap­pear in court at a later date.

3 MOS­MAN PARK

A PURSE con­tain­ing credit cards was taken from a car at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mur­ray Av­enue and Ec­cles­borne Street overnight on May 16. “The of­fend­ers used some­thing to smash a hole in the right-hand win­dow of the ve­hi­cle,” Sgt Booker said. The credit card was sub­se­quently used in fraud­u­lent pur­chases. Po­lice are wait­ing for the vic­tim’s bank to pro­vide de­tails of the trans­ac­tions.

4 DALKEITH

BUR­GLARS made at­tempts to get in to Cim­balino Cafe in War­ratah Av­enue about 5am on May 14. Sgt Booker said two rear doors to the cafe’s kitchen were dam­aged. Noth­ing ap­pears to have been taken.

5 WEM­B­LEY

A WEM­B­LEY man (26) was al­legedly car­ry­ing 3.5g of metham­phetamine. Se­nior Sergeant Julie Fo­ley said of­fi­cers stopped the man’s car on McKen­zie Street in Wem­b­ley overnight on May 18. “Of­fi­cers then no­ticed a bag of white pow­der on the car’s footwell, and it will be al­leged the man said it was for his ‘per­sonal use’,” Sgt Fo­ley said. The man was charged with drug pos­ses­sion and he will be sum­monsed to ap­pear in court at a later date.

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