Bunbury police continue to investigate ram raids and thefts across the South West

A White Toyota Hilux was used to ram-raid Grand Cinemas, Bunbury on Thursday, October 25. Photo: Police Media.
A White Toyota Hilux was used to ram-raid Grand Cinemas, Bunbury on Thursday, October 25. Photo: Police Media.

Bunbury police are continuing their investigations into a series of ram raids and burglaries across the South West over the past four months. 

An investigation was launched following a ram raid on Grand Cinemas, Bunbury on October 25. 

After ram-raiding one entrance to the premises, thieves used tools to remove money from the ATM. 

Two vehicles – stolen from a business on Ilmenite Crescent, Capel – were used in the theft. 

The culprits used a white utility vehicle to knock down a set of automatic doors, before removing an ATM from the premises. 

They then dragged the ATM through Treendale and onto Forrest Highway. They lost the ATM after being pursued by police. 

Thieves struck Treendale Shopping Centre on September 1. Photo: Police Media.

Thieves struck Treendale Shopping Centre on September 1. Photo: Police Media.

In August, police began an investigation into an incident at Gravity ETC, in Dalyellup.

The culprits rammed the entrance before using a cable to remove a safe. 

On the same night, they ram-raided Busselton’s Puma service station/7th Street convenience store and stole multiple packets of cigarettes. 

CCTV footage showed them wearing hi-vis jackets, dark pants, and dark gloves. 

Police are also looking into a burglary at Bunbury Forum Shopping Centre earlier this year.

Bunbury Detective Senior Sergeant James Gaunt said the thefts caused “tens of thousands of dollars” in property damage. 

He added “tens of thousands of dollars worth of property” had also been stolen.

Thieves hit Busselton's Puma service station between August 4 and 6. Photo: Sophie Elliott.

Thieves hit Busselton's Puma service station between August 4 and 6. Photo: Sophie Elliott.

“Bunbury detectives are currently conducting investigations into a series of aggravated burglaries and motor vehicle thefts,” he said.

“The thefts occurred on commercial properties in and around the Bunbury area.

“It’s clear the offenders have little regard for the people affected by these crimes. There is also a real danger to innocent members of the public.

“They, police officers, or the offenders themselves could become injured as a result of these activities. 

“At this point in time, I can confirm we’re moving into a phase where arrests are imminent.

“I would like to reassure the people of Bunbury and surrounding areas that the police are doing all in their power to bring this series to a conclusion.

“The investigations are ongoing.”

Det. Sen. Sgt. Gaunt said it was “always a possibility” that the culprits could strike again. 

“We’re urging people to be vigilant, make sure they secure their premises, and report anything they see as suspicious,” he said. 

“If anyone has any intimate knowledge of these offences, then we would like to hear from them.”

Those with information have been asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report at crimestopperswa.com.au.

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