HOME-MADE catapults known as “glove guns” may have been used to smash windows at Highgate and Perth businesses over the past four weeks.
Inspector Craig Davis said it would be alleged front windows and doors at shops in Lord, Newcastle and Wittenoom streets in Perth and Highgate were smashed using the catapults since February 17.
“The total damage is estimated to be in excess of $27,000,” Insp Davis said.
Perth police established an operation to catch the vandals.
Insp Davis said officers identified a car that allegedly contained the catapults, comprising a metal pipe with latex gloves attached to fire a projectile, in Lord Street, Perth at 5.45am this morning.
The two men and a boy in the car were arrested and taken to Perth Police Station.
Insp Davis said it would be alleged several of the catapults and possible projectiles were in the car, along with the arrested trio’s personal property.
A Ballajura boy (17), a Duncraig man (24) and an Averley man (24) are being interviewed, and may be charged with possessing an article with intent to cause damage, and criminal damage.
Investigations are ongoing.