Long sword of law nabs thief

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

WEM­B­LEY Po­lice found three pis­tols, two swords and three surf­boards in a haul of al­legedly stolen prop­erty at a West Perth apart­ment.

The items were from a spree of thefts, mostly in the western sub­urbs, over the past six months.

“There is cur­rently in ex­cess of 150 items, but there may be more,” Sergeant Rachel Green said.

Cur­rent es­ti­mates place the haul’s value at $35,000.

Po­lice found the haul when they raided the Vin­cent Street, West Perth apart­ment on Wed­nes­day. A day later they were still sort­ing out the items, which in­cluded power tools, a boo­gie board and stand-up pad­dles, in ad­di­tion to the weapons.

The dis­cov­ery of al­legedly stolen surf pad­dles, taken from a Mt Clare­mont home on Novem­ber 9 led po­lice to the haul.

It will be al­leged the items were be­ing sold to fuel the thief’s drug habit and pro­vide other in­come for his fam­ily.

“It will be al­leged most of the prop­erty came from a few bur­glar­ies and most was from steal­ing from cars,” Sgt Green said.

The sus­pected crimes cur­rently cover an area from Mt Clare­mont to Leed­erville, in ad­di­tion to North and West Perth.

The West Perth man (25) was charged with mul­ti­ple bur­glary and steal­ing of­fences, pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine and pos­ses­sion of con­trolled weapons.

Last Thurs­day, he was bailed to reap­pear at Perth Mag­is­trates Court on De­cem­ber 22.

Own­ers of the surf­boards and pad­dles have al­ready been found.

Con­sta­ble Heidi Adams with some of the haul... prop­erty claimants can call Wem­b­ley Po­lice on 9214 7100.

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