An alleged burglar has suffered an undignified end to a would-be robbery of a Perth jewellery store, surrendering to police by climbing back through the gap he had just cut to break into the business.
A security alarm was triggered at a shopping centre on Albany Hwy, Victoria Park in the early hours of Sunday.
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Cannington detectives and a canine unit arrived to find a smashed glass panel and followed more smashing noises to the jewellery business inside the centre.
“With noise still being heard inside the store, the canine handler issued a challenge for the person inside to exit the store slowly,” WA Police said.
Vision of the arrest shows a canine handler yelling for the man to “come out now or we’ll release the dog and you may be injured”.
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It appears two cuts had been made in the store’s roller door, with the metal sheeting pushed back at its newly created weak points to allow the alleged burglar to climb through.
Vision showed the accused clambering back out of the gap and into the arms of waiting police.
“A man complied with the instructions and climbed back out through the door, at which point he was arrested without incident,” WA Police said.
Authorities said it appears a grinder and axe were used to break in.
“It’s not so common,” WA Police Inspector Geoff DeSanges said.
An alleged burglar has been arrested at a Victoria Park jewellery store. Credit: WA Police
“There have been offences committed on shopping centres where premises inside the shopping centre have been subject to burglaries but this particular method, I haven’t seen that often.”
There was some property damage but nothing was taken from the jeweller.
A 34-year-old man has been charged with burglary with intent.
Police say there is no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the alleged crime.
The accused is next due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on October 23.
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