Cigarette theft charges

Shop owner Ivy Huang with Armadale Detective contables Simon Watson and Chad Stone. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d415283
Shop owner Ivy Huang with Armadale Detective contables Simon Watson and Chad Stone. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d415283

Charges laid against three of the men also relate to a January break-in at Gosnells State Emergency Service and Bush Fire Brigade depot.

Huntingdale Forum IGA and newsagent, a Gosnells deli and a Haynes service station were burgled eight times over the past month.

Newsagent owner Ivy Huang said her business had suffered after three break-ins.

‘Every day you worry, you go into work not knowing what you will find,’ she said. ‘Every night, you don’t sleep well.’

Armadale Detectives Constable Simon Watson said police would allege the men used industrial tools to carry out the burglaries, causing significant damage.

Officers searched a Kelmscott home on February 7 and recovered allegedly stolen property.

The emergency depot break-in occurred on January 17, soon after the Parkerville bushfires the emergency teams had helped fight.

On the same night, two cars were set alight next to the building.

Charges laid relate only to the break-in and theft of gear, not the arson.