Rob­bers steal yacht club safes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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