Constable Scott Starkie said opportunistic thieves targeted Maylands homes before robbing several Mt Lawley properties around Third and Fourth avenues, North Street and Clifton Crescent.
He said an attempted car theft on Wednesday, April 23, led to the arrest of two people believed to have been involved in robberies across the metropolitan area.
Two women between 18 and 25 ” one from Warnbro and one from Cooloongup ” were charged with several offences.
The pair will appear in Perth Magistrates Court later this month charged with aggravated burglary, stealing, attempted burglary with intent and multiple possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property charges.
Police seized mail, luggage, foreign currency, moneyboxes, jewellery, hard drives, USB sticks, iPads, iPods, concert tickets, handbags and mobile phones from a motel the women were staying at.
Police said some of the property identified was from robberies in Coogee, Yangebup and Port Kennedy.
Const Starkie said among items unaccounted for was a wooden moneybox with a large amount of foreign currency that had a one-ounce one-dollar coin inside.
‘There was a number Euros, British pounds, Hong Kong dollars and Singapore dollars that was in a Royal Doulton Bunnykins round money box too,’ he said.
‘It will be alleged they had a lot of mail in their possession too with the aim of finding new bank cards or driver’s licences,’ he said.
‘The driver’s licences have a good currency for drugs and the bank cards can be activated and used before anyone knows they’re missing.’
Const Starkie said mailbox thefts were increasing and warned homeowners to remain vigilant.
‘Having a locked mailbox does makes it less appealing to thieves but if you’re expecting a new bankcard or driver’s licence then make sure you keep your eyes open for that arriving,’ he said.
‘Try and empty your mail box every day because these thefts are occurring in the early hours of the morning because people haven’t taken their mail out the day before.’
Anyone who thinks their property is among that seized by Bayswater police should call |9473 5500.