A COUNTRY policeman arrested an alleged snatch and grab jewellery thief who allegedly stole gold chains worth more than $33,000 and was chased by the public in London Court in the Perth CBD.
“One of the persons chasing the alleged thief was off-duty Senior Constable Jayson King of Pemberton police and he apprehended the man in a laneway which runs between 44 and 50 St Georges Terrace,” Senior Sergeant Criag Davis said.
It will be alleged the man entered the Antiques and Heirlooms shop at London Court, Perth about 11.10am last Saturday.
Sgt Davis said the man talked to a female attendant in the store and asked to view three gold chains displayed in a cabinet.
The attendant took out the jewellery and put the chains on the counter, before they were allegedly grabbed by the man who ran from the shop.
Sgt Davis said the chains were worth $33,645.
As the man ran through London Court to St Georges Terrace, he was chased by members of the public alerted to the theft by the attendant.
However, Constable King caught the alleged thief.
Constable King was assisted by two Perth-based police on-duty at nearby Remembrance Day commemorations.
It will be alleged the jewellery was hidden in the man’s pants.
A 50-year-old man was charged with stealing and was bailed to reappear at Perth Magistrates Court on November 30.