Thefts: 3 due back in court

The men ” a 24-year-old from Kenwick, a 23-year-old from Doubleview and an 18-year-old from Greenwood ” were released on bail after appearing in Joondalup Magistrates Court recently.

Clarkson Detectives Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders said police charged the men on September 29 following a series of incidents that occurred within three hours that day between Ashfield and Butler.

He said each of the men was facing charges of aggravated robbery, five counts of stealing and one of unlawful damage.

The first incident occurred at an IGA supermarket in Ashfield, where three men entered the store about 3pm and allegedly stole property before fleeing in a car.

Sgt Saunders said the trio allegedly stole alcohol from Liquor Barons in Churchlands about 3.40pm, Herdsman Lake Tavern in Wembley about five minutes later, and then from a Thirsty Camel store in a North Beach shopping centre about 4.05pm.

‘Then they went to Currambine Dan Murphy’s ” they have entered the liquor store and (allegedly) stolen a large quantity of alcohol between the three of them,’ he said.

‘As they were leaving the store, they were approached by a staff member who told them they needed to pay for what they were taking.’

Sgt Saunders said the trio became aggressive and punched the employee, hitting him in the head before leaving with the goods.

He alleged that at 4.45pm, the trio entered the Cornerstone liquor store in Butler and again took alcohol without paying.

About an hour later, the trio were seen driving on Connolly Drive in Kinross.

When they passed another vehicle, they threw a bottle from their car, hitting the front left window of the other car, smashing the window.

Sgt Saunders said police located and charged the men later that night.

They were remanded in custody until their first court appearance.

Initially, the Kenwick man was remanded in custody but he had since been released on bail and was next due in court on November 4.

Sgt Saunders said the other two men charged had been released on bail by the court, with the Doubleview man due to reappear on October 28 and the Greenwood teenager due back tomorrow.