Quick-thinking pair foil jewellery heist

Geoff VivianGeraldton Guardian
Jeweller Gemma Baker shows the rock used by would-be theives who tried to break into her Marine Terrace shop on Wednesday night.
Camera IconJeweller Gemma Baker shows the rock used by would-be theives who tried to break into her Marine Terrace shop on Wednesday night. Credit: Geoff Vivian/Picture: Geoff Vivian, Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Shatterproof glass security film and quick-thinking neighbours prevented would-be thieves from breaking into a Geraldton jewellery shop on Wednesday night.

Geraldton Police operations manager Sen. Const. Kingsley Thorpe said the shop’s CCTV recorded four youths attempting to break in around 9.40pm.

Wayne Kent, who lives above the Marine Terrace shop, said he and his wife investigated after hearing banging noises below.

Four boys in their early to mid teens were downstairs.

“I yelled out, ‘What’s going on, the police are on their way’ and they just strolled across the road, no running or anything, and headed up towards the wharf,” he said.

“My wife rang the police at the same time.”

Sen. Const. Thorpe said police were reviewing the City of Greater Geraldton’s street CCTV videos in a bid to identify the suspects.

Ms Baker said although the damage bill was probably about $1000 she was a firm believer in glass security film.

“It’s saved me probably three or four times in my time as being a shopkeeper,” she said.

“Midwest Windscreens place it on the inside of the window, so when the glass shatters it just can’t fall through.”

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