Police investigate theft of guns from retired officer’s home

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POLICE are investigating the armed robbery of a former officer’s home in Thornlie in which three guns were stolen.

About 11.40am last Wednesday, January 23, the victim – a retired police officer in his 70s – and his wife, aged in her 60’s, returned to their home in Wicklow Street,

The saw a gold-coloured Mitsubishi sedan parked in the driveway.

The victim got out of his car and walked towards the front door.

A woman ran from the house and got into the driver’s seat of the Mitsubishi sedan, starting the engine, closely followed by a male in possession of a rifle.

The man, pointed the firearm towards the victim and pulled the trigger.

The victim heard a click, the male cocked the firearm and a projectile ejected out of the side of the firearm and onto the ground.

The male quickly got into the front passenger seat of the Mitsubishi, which reversed out and drove away towards Warton Road.

As the vehicle drove away, the man again pointed the firearm towards the victim.

Police attended a short time later and discovered three firearms were stolen from the home, along with ammunition, cash and tools.

The wife of the victim suffered a stress-related heart attack and required hospitalisation.

As part of their investigation, detectives have charged a 22-year-old woman from Thornlie with aggravated armed robbery and aggravated burglary.

She is next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday February 8.

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the man involved in this violent incident.

The man is described as having dark brown skin, 22-30 years of age, approximately 175cm tall, thin build, dark dishevelled hair and dark coloured eyes.

He was wearing dark clothing.

Detectives are asking for anyone with CCTV footage from the area on the day of the incident between 9am and 2:30pm, as well as dash-cam footage – particularly along Yale Road, Spring Road and Thornlie Avenue, Thornlie – between 11:00am and 2:30pm.

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au you can choose to remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are available.