Detectives are on the hunt for the brazen burglars responsible for a series of business break-ins across Perth, which spanned the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police say a group of three assailants broke into about twelve businesses within six hours across Perth.
It is believed the crime spree started at about 11:30pm on Saturday at a home on Purslowe Street in Mt Hawthorn when the group stole a white Hyundai Santa Fe.
The assailants are then believed to have targeted businesses across the metro area, which started at a petrol station on Cranford Avenue in Brentwood about 1:30am.
About an hour later, a burglary was reported at a pizza restaurant on Scarborough beach road in Mt Hawthorn.
Police say the assailants, dressed in black, moved onto another petrol station on Wishart Street in Gwelup about 3am.
They forced entry into the store, before then further forcing their way over to the staff side of the counter into the office. They fled the area with cash and cigarettes.
About 25 minutes later at 3.25am, the offenders struck again, this time at another service station on Beach Road in Carine.
“They were subsequently disturbed by a smoke alarm and fled the area with no property,” a police spokeswoman said.
Firefighters arrived shortly after and reported the break-in to police.
Twenty minutes after, the burglaries continued on, with a gym, fish and chip shop and real estate agency on a strip in Duncraig pillaged.
Then about 4.15am, a fourth service station, on Servetus Street in Swanbourne, was broken into and ransacked. The burglars caused “significant damage” to the property, according to police.
During the burglary, a white Hyundai TQ station sedan was stolen. The vehicle was later located, abandoned in Medina.
The Hyundai Santa Fe stolen earlier in the night was also located burnt out in the middle of the road on Corin Way in Wattleup.
Of all four service stations broken into, neighbours were woken by a group shouting and breaking its way in, followed by alarms and the screech of tyres as the gang made its getaway, the vehicles clocked travelling at 143km/h during the rampage.
No business was out of the firing line, the shameless break-ins ending with a cafe, beauty salon and barber on Rockingham Road in Munster about 5:25am.
All up, an estimated 10-thousand dollars worth of damage was inflicted by the crime purge.
Perth detectives are investigating, however, they believe they know the identity of the three people behind the robberies.
Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Extracted in full from: Detectives probing twelve brazen robberies reported across Perth in the early hours this morning | PerthNow