A SPATE of recent fashion boutique burglaries in the western suburbs are “more than likely linked”, says WA Police Senior Sergeant Murray Geneff.
Snr Sgt Geneff said “several armfuls” of designer clothing were taken and a front door smashed when Coco and Lola women’s boutique was robbed at Princess Road about 4.20am on September 28.
He said the alarm was activated, but no vehicle was seen.
The robbery is being investigated for connections to the theft of 25 dresses worth $8000 from Rokeby Road boutique Tokay on September 23, and a spate of eight household burglaries across Perth after a Jeep Cherokee was taken from a Loftus Street, North Perth home on September 25.
“Based on what’s going on, we think it’s more than likely they are linked,” Snr Sgt Geneff said.
Tokay director Jessica McLagan said it was the first time in 15 years that stock had been stolen from any of their three Perth locations.
“It was a huge shock, it felt very random that the dresses were targeted,” Ms McLagan said.
“With this particular incident it was especially odd because they only took stock, they didn’t take the computer or even look in the till –; not that we leave any cash on premises.“The next day we heard from the police, they recovered some of the garments in a random drug raid.
“The thieves that they caught had also hit the Versace building in Perth on the same night. They clearly had a plan to do a double smash and grab.”
Ms McLagan said they had “bumped up” security since.