Post office in Bluff Point ram raided with car stolen from Mount Magnet
Police are investigating a ram-raid incident in which a vehicle was stolen from Mount Magnet, driven to Geraldton and ploughed into the front of a post office and newsagency at Bluff Point.
It is also alleged the vehicle was involved in a fuel drive-off.
Police later found the abandoned vehicle in Spalding early on Sunday morning after it was stolen from Mount Magnet and driven 340km to Geraldton.
Geraldton Police officer-in-charge Sen Sgt Chris Martin said the Toyota Hilux was driven into the front of the Australia Post store in Bluff Point, where the suspects entered through the broken glass and allegedly stole mail.
“They struck the door and jumped through the broken window,” Sen Sgt Martin said.
Police allege after the post office burglary, the offenders drove the Toyota Hilux to Puma 440 in Drummond Cove to refuel, stealing about $100 worth of petrol about 2am on Sunday.
“Shortly after refuelling, they dumped the car,” Sen Sgt Martin said.
“Police recovered the stolen car from Spalding and have sent the car to be examined for forensic analysis.
“Once we have some suspects and know who the crooks are we can release more details about the charges.”
Bluff Point Newsagency director Val Casley said the damage caused was heart wrenching, with thousands of dollars worth of stock damaged.
“I’m absolutely devastated and can’t comprehend how anyone could do this,” Mrs Casley said.
“It’s unbelievable, we’ve never had a ram-raid before.
“We’re confident the police have everything they need and they will be caught,” she said.
Geraldton Police will be collecting CCTV footage around the area and asked nearby residents with any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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