Collie Police uncover stolen safes

About $30,000 worth of jewellery, cash and other valuables was stolen during the original burglary, which took place during the early hours of Tuesday, October 3
About $30,000 worth of jewellery, cash and other valuables was stolen during the original burglary, which took place during the early hours of Tuesday, October 3

Police have found three safes that were stolen during a burglary in Walsh Street in October.

The safes were discovered when officers went to a house in Simpson Street on the weekend to arrest a man for whom a warrant had been issued.

After noticing the safes, police sought a search warrant for the house, which also led them to find cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

About $30,000 worth of jewellery, cash and other valuables was stolen during the original burglary, which took place during the early hours of Tuesday, October 3.

Homeowners Debra and Barry Jack had gone to Perth to visit family when the house was broken into.

Among the stolen items were war medals, cash, jewellery, watches, a large collection of Swarovski crystals, and several important documents.

Many of the goods stolen had sentimental value, having been handed down through generations of the family. The couple has since installed further security measures at the home.

Sen. Sgt. Heath Soutar said three women, aged 19, 26 and 50, had been charged with a range of offences, including drug possession and possession of stolen property.

Meanwhile, Collie’s recent spate of rock-throwing has continued, with two separate incidents over the past week.

Windows were smashed at the Collie River Dental Centre, Collie Flooring Xtra and Collie Variety Centre on the night of Tuesday, October 31.

On November 3, police caught a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old who had damaged a vehicle in Ogden St. They were issued with juvenile cautions because they were first offenders.

There were also a raft of petty theft cases, including one which saw garden statues, a ceramic Buddha, an ashtray and a metal peacock stolen from the front yards of units in Atkinson St.

In another theft case, eight cartons of eggs were stolen from a resident’s fridge in River Ave – for the second time this year. And two scooters were stolen from the front yard of a house in Throssell Street.

Sen. Sgt. Soutar said there had been several incidents of bad behaviour, including one at the Crown Hotel on November 4 in which a man smashed a window after being evicted from the premises. Police had sent blood from the scene for forensic testing.

A 30-year-old Meadow Springs man was arrested on November 2 after police received a call about a man behaving suspiciously on Coalfields Rd in Worsley. He was charged with possessing a Katana sword, which was a controlled weapon, and obstructing police. He will appear in Collie Magistrate’s Court later this month.