Salvos and Vinnies stores targetted by criminals in southeastern suburbs

Salvos and Vinnies stores targetted by criminals in southeastern suburbs
Salvos and Vinnies stores targetted by criminals in southeastern suburbs

CRIMINALS have attacked charity stores in the southeastern suburbs over the past week.

Salvation Army stores in Southern River, Canning Vale and Kenwick have all been targeted since September 24 with the Kenwick store being hit three times.

Several Salvation Army stores and a St Vincent de Paul store have also been broken into.

Most of the break-ins have occurred during the early hours of the morning.

The St Vincent de Paul store in Kenwick had an estimated $1000 damage with the safe being broken into with money and jewellery taken.

Glass was broken in all the attacks on Salvation Army stores in order to gain entry.

Salvation Army regional manager for WA Sean Burgess said he was “quite dismayed” with the number of instances of break-ins.

“We are upset that Salvos Stores and other charities in the area were the victims of this crime, as the money we raise in our stores goes to support our programs helping Aussies in need within our community,” he said.

St Vincent de Paul spokeswoman Joanne Hill said they were disappointed Vinnies and other charity shops had been targeted.

“Vinnies shops provide emergency relief for people experiencing hardship and also help fund our services for vulnerable and marginalised people doing it tough,” she said.

Gosnells officer-in-charge Jodie Pearson said they were working with Armadale Detectives and Canning Vale Police and were looking at crime prevention strategies for businesses in the area.