Observant Bateman brothers’ description lead to burglar’s capture


Constable Care, Chris and James Bardill and Murdoch Constable Courtney Roberts.
Constable Care, Chris and James Bardill and Murdoch Constable Courtney Roberts.

BATEMAN Primary School students Chris and James Bardill were lauded for their quick thinking and attention to detail by Murdoch police in a presentation ceremony at the school on Friday.

The brothers were home alone in December 2014 when a burglar broke into their Bateman home.

Chris (12) and James (10) saw the perpetrator walking down the side of their home and peering through windows.

When the man returned to the front of the house, the boys went to their neighbours house to call the police – but not before taking careful note of the man’s appearance and distinctive car.

The burglar made off with thousands of dollars worth of jewellery, electronics, alcohol and cash, but was apprehended one week later when he returned to the same street.

Constable Courtney Roberts said the brothers’ detailed description of the perpetrator were critical to his capture.

“We presented James and Chris with certificates of recognition because their attention to detail and excellent recall of the events that happened were really what led to us charging him,” she said.

Mum Denise Bardill said she could not be prouder of her sons.

“We never discussed what to do if something like that happened so the fact that they knew to run to safety and were aware enough to take notice of all the details was incredible,” she said.

Ken Sams of Harvey Norman O’Connor was also on hand to present the boys with a Lenovo tablet each, replacement for their iPods that were stolen and never recovered.