Robbers steal yacht club safes
A GROUP of four heavily disguised robbers used crowbars and sledgehammers to take three safes and at least $3000 from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on May 24.
Senior Sergeant Tony Booker said the thieves used a crowbar to lever off two small safes bolted to the floor at the Peppermint Grove venue.
A third, much larger, 80kg safe was prised away from where it was secured near the club’s cellars.
“They then put them all on a trolley and wheeled them out,” Sgt Booker said.
The following day, the large safe was found near a coast path beside the Vlamingh Memorial on Curtin Avenue in Cottesloe, about 2km west of the club.
“It had been bashed open using a sledgehammer and its contents were removed,” Sgt Booker said.
Police suspect the robbers had been observing the club for some time because a staff member reported finding three men acting suspiciously at the cellar entrance on May 14.
The men were told to leave and headed in the direction of the club’s hardstand for smaller racing boats.
The staff member later found a hole had been cut in the fence near the hardstand.
Sgt Booker said the offenders were wearing heavy clothing that obscured their faces and covered their hands.