POLICE allege a man's addiction to intravenous methamphetamine led to a life of theft before he was arrested last week.
Investigators said the 32-year-old man had been walking out of local businesses with ‘trolleys full’ of stolen goods over the past five months to fund his habit.
Warwick Acting Sergeant Drew Reeder described an instance where the man was alleged to have wedged open the entry point to a local supermarket and fled with hundreds of dollars in items.
Sgt Reeder said the accused, whose suspected drug addiction left him homeless, had not initially been aggressive but in recent cases had threatened staff when confronted.
On one occasion, it is alleged he wielded a hammer he was attempting to steal.
It is alleged he often targeted hardware stores, such as Masters in Joondalup, and was involved in a series of fuel drive-offs.
Sgt Reeder attributed the alleged thefts, believed to amount to tens of thousands of dollars, solely to the man’s reliance on methamphetamine.
‘He’d steal things like drills because drug dealers like those types of items ” they’re easy to get quick cash for,’ he said.
Police have been in contact with the man’s father in New Zealand and said he came from a caring family, but had been consumed by his drug addiction.
Officers arrested the man at Lakeside Joondalup on Wednesday afternoon.
He was charged with more than 10 stealing and robbery offences, but police investigations are continuing.
Sgt Reeder described a tough period of drug withdrawal for the man as he remained in custody to face court.