Raid turns up stolen goods

Bayswater Police Station's Constable Scott Starkie with stolen goods and mail [NAMES OK]
Bayswater Police Station's Constable Scott Starkie with stolen goods and mail [NAMES OK]

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 alleged offenders believed to be involved in robberies across the metropolitan area.

Two females, aged 18 to 25- years-old, one from Warnbro and another 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 possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property charges.

Police seized mail, luggage, foreign currency, money boxes, jewellery, hard drives, USB sticks, iPads, iPods, concert tickets, handbags and mobile phones from a motel where the women stayed. 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 money box 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 to find new bankcards or drivers’ licences,’ he said.

‘The drivers’ licences have a good currency for drugs and the bankcards 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 make 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.

Anyone who believes their property is among that seized recently by Bayswater police officers, should contact the station by calling 9473 5500.