Floreat: Thefts of pipes and taps from empty homes filling police reports

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AN ONGOING spate of thefts targeting copper pipe, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and air conditioning units continues to hit vacant homes in Floreat.

“We’ve had more,” Detective-Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said.

The three raids reported at vacant homes in Winmarley, Brookdale and Kirwan streets in the past week follow eight others in Honsey, Alderbury, Rannock and Tralee streets, Kirkdale Avenue and Kinross Crescent between January 4 and January 21.

The hauls mainly target household fixtures for utility supplies, but door locks, light fittings and cupboard handles are taken at some of the raids.

Det-Sgt Vojkovich said the thieves entered through a roof and punched a hole in ceiling plaster before turning off the gas and water supplies at the Winmarley Street home between January 18 and January 25.

“They then removed the gas and water pipes, locks, some internal fixtures and cupboard handles,” he said.

A front door was forced open when copper pipes, light fittings and a roof-mounted air-conditioning unit were taken from a Brookdale Street house between January 23 and January 28.

An empty rental home was hit in Kirwan Street between January 24 and January 28.

“They took tapware from the bathroom, laundry and kitchen, the hot water system and its piping,” Det-Sgt Vojkovich said.

Owners have be warned not to show pictures of their empty homes if they are being advertised on the internet.