THIEVES are targeting drone shops across Perth, with a Bayswater outlet the latest to be hit.
Crooks stole goods worth around $1000 from Drone Shop Perth in the early hours of Good Friday, in what owner Mike Severn has called an “extremely professional” heist.
The basic drone sells for $2000 and there is a great demand for second-hand devices.
“They had cased out our place prior … they had really done their homework,” Mr Severn says.
“My thinking is that they’re just after the money; I don’t think they’re too interested in the drones.”
Police arrived at the Goongarrie Street shop within 10 minutes of the alarm going off, but the crims had absconded.
Some of the drones stolen were non-working display models and have been found in bushland beside the Tonkin Highway.
Thieves also targeted Elk Fish Robotics in Fremantle on Good Friday, reversing a car through the shop’s glass doors.
Shop assistant Abraham Shapiro says they do not leave stock in the store overnight and all that was stolen was empty boxes.
“It’s an inconvenience to us and that’s about it,” he says. “They didn’t take anything of value. The shop front’s insured—it’s just annoying.”
“Just about all the main drone shops in Perth have been hit”.
Mr Shapiro says stolen drones can be traced using their serial numbers.
by ALICE ANGELONI