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A Ballajura man has appeared in court after he was charged with stealing a gold bar from the Perth Mint.

Man in court for gold theft

A BALLAJURA man is due in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 9 after first appearing in the court on Friday, May 5 to face stealing charges.

The man was released on bail after his court appearance.

WA Police said the gold stealing detection unit, with assistance of the Perth Mint, charged the 25-year-old Ballajura man with the stealing of a gold bar valued at over $50,000.

A police spokeswoman said police alleged that on April 7 the Perth Mint identified a 1kg gold bar was missing, prompting an internal inquiry by its security management team.

The matter was then referred to the gold stealing detection unit, which started a criminal investigation.

The gold bar was valued at $52,457.

A search warrant was executed at the man’s Ballajura address on April 11.

The 25-year-old man, who was contracted to the Perth Mint Refinery, was charged with stealing as a servant and gains benefit by fraud.

Meanwhile, major crash officers are investigating a fatal crash in Gidgegannup about 10.50am on Sunday, May 7.

A police spokesman said a man riding a Ducati motorcycle crashed on Clenton Rd near Copley-Dale Rd.

The man believed to be in his 40s was given CPR by witnesses until St John Ambulance arrived but the man died at the scene.

Major crash investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the crash or the motorcycle prior to the crash.

Police want anyone with information regarding the above incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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