Burglar caught in short order

A 23-year-old man allegedly burgled a house on Monday, got arrested yesterday and was due to face court today.

Police afp copsPolice say the victim returned to his home just after 3pm on Monday to find electronic goods and jewellery worth about $10,000 had been stolen. He reported the incident and forensics experts examined the crime scene.

The same day, the alleged burglar went to Cash Converters in Woden and sold jewellery that was later identified as being stolen from the victim’s home, according to police.

The 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday after a search of another home, also in Griffith, located several other items also suspected to have been stolen in the burglary.

He was charged with theft and burglary and due to face court today.

Detective Superintendent Paul Shakeshaft says the incident offers Canberrans a timely reminder about the importance of properly locking their homes before going away on holidays.

“Make sure all of your doors, windows and side and rear access gates are locked, get a neighbour to collect mail for you and ask them to keep an eye on the place for you while you are away,” Detective Superintendent Shakeshaft says.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

More household security tips are available from police.act.gov.au

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