Lynne and Ian Starr said they were in the garden when the burglary occurred at their Quinns Rocks home on November 5, Melbourne Cup Day.
‘About 4.15pm my husband went out to plant some roses and I went there to pull some weeds,’ Mrs Starr said.
‘We had our little dog out the front.’
The grandmother said she went inside a couple of times to get drinks and never saw the burglar, who had entered their bedroom.
‘All the lights were on (and my husband’s) bedside drawer was open,’ she said.
‘My jewellery box was on the outdoor patio table.’
Mrs Starr said she only realised they had been burgled when she saw one of her chains on the floor.
She said as well as jewellery, the thief took iPads and iPhones. The couple reported the burglary at 5.24pm.
A couple of weeks later, they noticed four watches that looked like hers advertised on Gumtree, and they contacted Clarkson Detectives.
Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders said detectives tracked the stolen jewellery to a house in Cannington.
Detectives later charged a Cannington woman (25) with several acts of receiving stolen property, possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property, possessing cannabis and possessing drug paraphernalia.
‘Further charges are expected to be preferred,’ Sgt Saunders said.
‘She (allegedly) obtained stolen property which was either sold to her very cheaply or exchanged for drugs.’
The woman is due in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow.