Police recover stolen paintball property

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Constable Jeremy Priest reurns the stolen items to pursuit paintball owner Richard Poole
Camera IconConstable Jeremy Priest reurns the stolen items to pursuit paintball owner Richard Poole Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

Busselton police reunited a small business owner with $16,000 of stolen property on Friday.

On Tuesday, April 23 officers from Busselton police executed a search warrant at an address in Broadwater where a significant amount of paintball equipment and accessories was located

The property, including several protective vests, masks and paintballs, was identified as stolen from Paintball Pursuit in Stratham in March.

A 37-year-old male from Busselton has been charged with burglary and stealing and has been bailed to appear in Busselton Magistrate’s Court on May 21.

Busselton Sen. Sgt Jenny Sara said the offender was known to police.

“This operation shows great teamwork between Busselton staff and officers from Bunbury who initially attended the scene and took the appropriate actions,” Sgt Sara said.

“It’s a good outcome to be able to get that property back to its rightful owner, as with any small business it’s expensive to lose products when people steal them which can have a serious effect on business owners’ peace of mind and finances.”

Paintball Pursuit director Richard Poole said the accused used electronic tools to cut open the sea containers where the products were hidden.

“They broke into three sea containers and took a bit of everything from tools to paintball gear and toilet paper,” he said.

“It was totally bizarre, they loaded up a lawn mower trailer and then transferred some of the equipment into a car before leaving the trailer with other goods in it.”

The accused “did a number on it” making a mess which took several days for the staff to clean.

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