Four men from Geraldton charged after alcohol stolen from Wintersun Hotel and jack used in attempted break-in

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Senior Sergeant Stuart Gerreyn says four men have been arrested after two separate burglaries.
Camera IconSenior Sergeant Stuart Gerreyn says four men have been arrested after two separate burglaries. Credit: Phoebe Pin/Supplied

Four men have been charged after alcohol was stolen from a local bar and a high lift jack used to try to open a roller door.

Police said the two separate burglaries occurred on commercial properties over the weekend, with CCTV at both properties showing the alleged offenders.

One man is accused of being involved in both cases.

Police said the Wintersun Hotel in Bluff Point was broken into about 1.30am on Saturday.

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Geraldton police acting officer in charge Sen. Sgt Stuart Gerreyn said three men aged 21, 22 and 33 were captured on the building’s CCTV cameras trespassing around the main bar area and setting off the alarm system.

He said alcohol was stolen from behind the bar before the trio fled the scene.

“After conducting further investigations, the three men were identified and arrested,” he said.

The 33-year-old man was arrested on Sunday, while the two younger men were arrested on Monday. All three were charged with burglary with stealing.

A separate attempted burglary occurred on Saturday afternoon.

Police will allege a 23-year-old man and the same 21-year-old involved in the Wintersun burglary attempted to force their way into a storage unit in Webberton.

Sen. Sgt Gerreyn alleged the pair used a high lift jack to wedge open the door of the storage facility.

“They attempted to open the roller door with the jack when it set off the alarm,” he said.

“When police got there they had already left the scene but were later identified on CCTV and subsequently arrested.”

The pair were charged with burglary with intent.

All five men are scheduled to face Geraldton Magistrates Court on September 15.

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