Pair charged after spike in crime in central Kalamunda

FORRESTFIELD police have charged two men in connection with a spike in burglaries of shops in central Kalamunda.

Kalamunda Post Office, Kalamunda Pharmacy, J’Adore hair salon and several businesses in Central Court Mall were subject to break-ins in the past six weeks.

Acting Senior Sergeant Mike Dearnley said cluster burglaries were often sporadic, with offenders forcing entry in the early hours of the morning.

Police have charged a 34-year-old High Wycombe man in relation to some of the offences.

A 24-year-old Maddington faces separate charges in connection to the burglaries.

Police are continuing their inquiries.

Sgt Dearnley said the crime spree represented a marginal increase in burglaries in Kalamunda CBD compared to the same time last year.

“Police are often successful in identifying offenders from business CCTV and we encourage business owners to improve their security with the installation of alarm and CCTV systems,” Sgt Dearnley said.

Several of the break-ins involved the theft of small amounts of cash from businesses with CCTV.

Sgt Dearnley urged the community |to report any suspicious activity to police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.