Karratha, Roebourne hit by 10 burglaries during cyclone

Alicia PereraPilbara News
A series of burglaries in Karratha and Roebourne during a cyclone red alert has concerned local police.
Camera IconA series of burglaries in Karratha and Roebourne during a cyclone red alert has concerned local police. Credit: The West Australian, Simon Santi

Police have expressed disappointment after Karratha and Roebourne were hit by a total of 10 burglaries in the red alert period for Cyclone Veronica.

In Karratha, seven commercial properties including licensed premises, restaurants and service stations as well as a house were broken into during the just over two-day lockdown period last week, while in Roebourne the town general store and another home were targets.

Local police are investigating the incidents.

Karratha police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Andy Stevens said it was disappointing that such a high number of burglaries had been committed during a vulnerable period for the community.

“There’s the obvious risk to themselves and other people from going out in gale-force winds and then when they do cause damage to a building, it leaves that building vulnerable to those weather conditions,” he said.

“These people should be ashamed of themselves. It shows a lack of self-control.”

Thieves targeted alcohol and tobacco in most of the Karratha break-ins, while in Roebourne they stole cigarettes, confectionery and video games.

Sen. Sgt Stevens said Karratha police suspected some of the incidents had been committed by the same people but that had not yet been confirmed.

Both he and Roebourne police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Daly said most City of Karratha community members had heeded emergency alerts issued during the cyclone and thanked them for their cooperation.

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