Stealing spree up in smoke

Police are probing the death of a Nollamara woman.
Police are probing the death of a Nollamara woman.

A MAN charged with allegedly stealing about $13,500 worth of cigarettes has since been linked to three other retail burglaries.

It is alleged that on August 29 the man entered Freechoice Tobacconist in Alexander Heights and when staff were distracted, he stole two boxes containing cartons of cigarettes.

“When staff caught on they chased him and he dropped one box,” Warwick Police senior sergeant Brendan Moore said.

“Following extensive inquiries throughout the week, Warwick Police was able to identify the suspect.”

It is alleged the 36-year-old Ballajura man is also linked to stealing a television from Officeworks in Malaga and another from Warwick Post Shop, both in July, and a laptop and keyboard from JB Hi Fi at Whitford City shopping centre in August.

Sgt Moore said the man was arrested in Ballajura on Friday where he was allegedly also found in possession of 31g of cannabis.

He was taken to Warwick police station and charged with four counts of stealing and one count of drug possession.

He appeared at Northbridge Court on Saturday and was refused bail.

He has been remanded to Joondalup Court on September 23.

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