Gosnells PCYC hit by thieves for second time


From left: CCTV images of the thieves; the trashed offices inside the PCYC; the thieves entered through the back.
Gosnells PCYC hit by thieves for second time
Gosnells PCYC hit by thieves for second time
Gosnells PCYC hit by thieves for second time
From left: CCTV images of the thieves; the trashed offices inside the PCYC; the thieves entered through the back.

The PCYC was broken into in July last year, with more than 10 bicycles, a blue go-kart and tools used in the centre’s Full Throttle Program stolen.

This time, the security system was targeted, computers and a television screen were stolen, and work completed by Project Stepping Stones was destroyed.

The centre did not recover the items stolen from the break-in that occurred in July.

Centre manager Jackie Abbott said they installed a security system after that break-in and as a result, caught the thieves on camera.

She said the way the centre was broken into was similar to the last one.

The thieves broke in at night on Monday, April 11, causing a large amount of damage to the centre.

All seven security cameras and wiring were destroyed, lockable filing cabinets were smashed to bits, and damage was caused to the roller doors due to forced entry.

Eleven computers, a big screen TV and thousands of dollars worth of equipment were also stolen from the premises.

The thieves also destroyed the work and artwork of Project Stepping Stones participants, an at-risk program for youth.

Project Stepping Stones is a certified basic numeracy and literacy program for years 11 and 12 students who are totally disengaged from mainstream education.

“To replace the items stolen is two years of our volunteers fundraising,” Ms Abbott said.

If anyone have any information about the break-ins, contact Gosnells Police Station on 9398 0000 or Crime Stoppers.

To support Gosnells PCYC in getting the centre and its programs back up and running, contact Jackie Abbott on 9459 1168 or email gosnellspcyc@wapcyc.com.au.