Brunswick shop owner confronts ram raiders

Emily Sharp and David CharlesworthBunbury Herald

A BRUNSWICK fish and chip shop owner got the fright of his life in the early hours of Friday when a car ram raided his property.

About 5am, two people used a black Holden Astra to ram the doors of the shop on Ommaney Road in Brunswick Junction.

Speaking on Friday shortly after the incident, Da Silva Seafood owner Joe Da Silva said he was angry about the incident.

“First time I heard a bang and the second time it was harder as they tried to drive the car in,” Mr Da Silva said.

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“I came straight away, he had jumped behind the counter and tried to grab the till, I picked up the fillet knife and said ‘go away, go away’.

“I tried to defend myself, that’s why I grabbed the fillet knife, as soon as he saw the knife he ran.”

The male offender then jumped back over the front counter and fled in a white Holden Commodore.

Australind Police recovered the Astra which was left at the scene.

This is the third incident Mr Da Silva has had to deal with since purchasing the business two and a half years ago.

“Six months ago someone tried to smash the window and then a few months ago someone tried to get in the front door,” Mr Da Silva said.

“I would like the shire to install some cameras to improve security.”

Next door, Brunswick Tavern owner Clint Ford heard the commotion and checked to see what was going on.

“I heard the noise, I thought it was my fence banging, so I’ve come out and realised that stuff against the fence had been shifted,” he said.

“I walked around corner and that’s when I saw the car and I ran down here, they saw me and the car took off so I poked my head in here to make sure Joe was alright.

“He was pretty shaken up, I had never seen him like that.”

Australind Police believe the same two offenders broke into another business located on Ommaney Road, during which a window was broken to gain entrance and an iPad was stolen.

Police also believe the same two people were also involved in a number of car break-ins in the Brunswick and Australind areas.

Bunbury Police are investigating as it is believed the two vehicles used were both stolen from Bunbury a short time before.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Bunbury or Australind Police, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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