Thieves use car to smash into local shopping centre

Thieves have used a ute to smash their way into the NewsXpress newsagency in Carramar. Pictures: Martin Kennealey
Thieves have used a ute to smash their way into the NewsXpress newsagency in Carramar. Pictures: Martin Kennealey

UPDATE: THE co-owner of a Carramar newsagency ram raided by a stolen ute says they were “confronted with absolute devastation” when they arrived this morning.

Julie Pigdon said her husband Ray received a phone call from police about 4.25am telling them their NewsXpress outlet at Carramar Village Shopping Centre had been broken in to, with thieves using the blue Mitsubishi Triton ute to force their way past a bollard and smash through the centre’s front doors.

“They have ram raided the centre front-on, then done a three-point turn and reversed into the shop taking out everything in their path,” Mrs Pigdon told Community News.

“They’ve smashed through our roller shutters and all our stock at the front as well as glass shelving and cabinets.”

She said while no stock had been stolen, they did take a safe containing cash, scratchies and stamps.

“It’s a complete inconvenience,” she said.

“They’ve even smashed a mallet through the door just because – you can see it on the footage.”

NewsXpress Carramar owner Julie Pigdon. Picture: Martin Kennealey

Mrs Pigdon said the police had been given their store CCTV footage but the two male offenders were wearing balaclavas.

However, she said police believed the house where the ute was stolen from also had CCTV cameras and she hoped they were unmasked in that footage.

Mrs Pigdon said insurance assessors had already been out to the site and would be doing everything they could to help the store trade again as quickly as possible.

“We have also had a lot of support from local people calling in with bottles of wine and flowers and lots of messages,” she said.

“And we’re lucky we have a lot of gorgeous staff who have been with us for a long time – they have all pitched in to help clean up.”

Support has also come from other business owners in the centre, who are all “very shocked” and “gutted”, with Bakers Delight unable to trade.

Joondalup detectives are now investigating the incident that happened about 4am.

They said the two thieves loaded the safe into the back of the ute before fleeing the scene.

The Triton had stolen number plates and the offenders were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.

 

EARLIER: THIEVES have smashed a car through the front doors of a Carramar shopping centre overnight.

Police believe the two male offenders were driving a stolen Mitsubishi Triton ute when they forced their way past a bollard and into Carramar Village Shopping Centre about 4am on June 6.

They then smashed their way into the NewsXpress newsagency, chained the safe to the ute and dragged it out before fleeing the seen in the car.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Picture: Martin Kennealey