Collie Police are hopeful of receiving further information in relation to the burglary at the Allanson Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade station last week.
Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar said police had received some information from the public about the burglary and as a result had executed a search warrant on a property, but nothing had come from it.
He said police were hopeful of receiving more information from the public that would help with the ongoing investigation.
“It’s a really sad state of affairs … They’re there to help the public, not be stolen from,” he said.
“We’re hopeful of getting more information while the investigation continues.”
The station was broken into at some time between 5pm on Tuesday, June 26 and 9am the following day.
Sergeant Terry Townsend said the offender had cut through the chain link fence at the rear of the compound on Bedlington Street and entered the station through the back door.
The offender then proceeded to rummage through vehicles, cupboards, desks and cabinets in the station before leaving.
Sergeant Townsend said the offender had taken a range of specialist fire-fighting equipment such as thermal-imaging cameras, handheld radios connected to the Western Australian Emergency Radio Network and mapping devices, along with other items including alcohol, meat and a projector used for training purposes.
“These guys are volunteers that give up their time to help the community,” he said.
“It may not be bush fire season, but this is all important equipment that would have been used to help out with house fires.
“It’s disappointing to have it taken because now they’ll have to chase up funding to get it replaced or go without.”
Allanson Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade fire control officer Kohdy Flynn found the station broken into and said it was ‘disheartening’.
“I came out to the building [on Wednesday] morning and found all the cabinets open and everything was thrown out of the trucks – everything that could open was opened,” he said.
“It’s a bit of a hit and [the station] is all run off the back of volunteers so it’s a bit disappointing to have the guys clean up after hours when they put in so much effort.
“If we get called out now it’s going to hinder our performance.”
Anyone with information should contact Collie Police on 9734 6333 or make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
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