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Midland Detectives are looking for information regarding the four people who committed the crimes. Photo: Joanne Powell.

Hills targeted in crime spree

By Melissa Sheil

A GOOSEBERRY Hill home was the target of a terrifying home invasion over the weekend as a gang of youths went on a five hour crime spree across the Perth Hills.

Midland detectives are investigating a spate of burglaries spanning from Gooseberry Hill to Mahogany Creek and Helena Valley allegedly linked to a group of four teenagers.

At about 4am on Saturday, August 14, the thieves entered a home in Piara Waters and stole the keys to a blue Subaru Forester.

They then spent the next five hours attempting to and, in at least three cases, successfully breaking into homes across the hills.

Victim and mother Joanne Powell said her two teenage children were left traumatised after being confronted by the intruders in their Gooseberry Hill home.

“One [intruder] went and confronted my 15-year-old son in his bedroom – they made eye contact, the man slammed the door shut and yelled to his mates ‘someone is home, run’,” she said.

“My 13-year-old daughter was also home and I’m so glad they didn’t get to her.”

The group had first attempted to gain access to the home when Ms Powell left for work.

“They saw me leave the house early in the morning so thought no one was home but couldn’t get through the gate so they left,” she said.

Ms Powell’s security cameras captured the car later ramming into the gate and knocking it down at about 7.30am.

In the footage, the group can be seen kicking down the front door and entering  the home.

They stole several pieces of jewellery, designer items and a few thousand dollars before being scared off when they entered the room with her son.

Ms Powell said the cost to repair damages to her home would total more than $10,000.

“Though it was horrifying and scary to hear, it’s actually quite a small price to pay for a huge lesson,” she said.

“I realised that I have not taught my kids how to react in a situation like that and the protocols that they should take.

“We need to educate ourselves and I hope we can start a community watch to keep our neighbourhoods safe.”

After leaving Ms Powell’s home the first time, police believe the group broke into another home on Strettle Road, Mahogany Creek, at 6.30am and attempted to break into a fourth home on Clayton Road, Helena Valley, at 7.10am.

The stolen car was found abandoned in a swamp in Stratton, south of Toodyay Road later that afternoon.

Mundaring and Kalamunda Hills residents alleged on Facebook that the offenders were responsible for several other robberies on the same day and in weeks prior.

Anyone with information or dash-cam vision of the vehicle registration TKTS can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are searching for these four men.

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