Man charged following alleged crime spree

Man charged following alleged crime spree

A man allegedly at the centre of a three-week long crime spree in the Mandurah area has been charged by police.

Police arrested the man after a search at a residence on Elizabeth Street in Mandurah yesterday, following four robbery-related incidents between February 18 and March 7.

The 20-year-old of no fixed address was charged with two counts of armed robbery, and single counts each of attempted armed robbery and robbery.

The crime spree began on February 18 when the man allegedly entered a supermarket on Mandurah Terrace in the late afternoon and took several items from the shelves, concealling them in his clothing.

When staff attempted to confront him, he allegedly became aggressive and despite being restrained, managed to break free and exit.

On February 27, a man entered a fast food outlet on Pinjarra Road in Mandurah and allegedly told staff he had a firearm and demanded money, but left empty-handed.

On March 5, a man entered a retail/appliance store on Pinjarra Road in Greenfields and selected two vacuum cleaners, before allegedly attempting to leave the store without paying for them.

When confronted by staff, the man allegedly threatened them with a knife and left the store.

The crime spree concluded on March 7, when a man entered a service station on Pinjarra Road in Mandurah just after noon.

He allegedly threatened staff with a knife and demanded cash, before leaving the store with the money.

He was refused bail and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.