Perth’s “dumbest crook” trapped in bottle shop bungle

August 15, 2019
By Alana House

A robber described as Perth’s “dumbest crook” has caused more than $50,000 to a pub after getting trapped inside the venue.

9News has described him as “Perth’s dumbest crook caught red-handed. Trapped by his own stupidity.”


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Posted by 9 News Perth on Friday, August 9, 2019

The man allegedly broke into Champion Lakes Tavern through an air conditioning vent. CCTV footage shows him drinking spirits in the bottle shop and pouring beers to in the bistro.

The footage also features him throwing chairs around, pushing over a TAB machine, destroying tills and smashing windows, before passing out on a pool table.

When he woke up, he filled a trolley full of alcohol and tried to get out, but couldn’t open the roller doors at the exit.

Publican Peter Hearne told 9News: “When the police got here, all they could hear were cries of “let me out, let me out.”

The tavern announced on Facebook the following day: “Due to unfortunate circumstances events that have unfolded throughout the night Champion Lakes Tavern is closed until further notice, repairs are underway and we will be back on our feet and operational in no time. We thank everyone for their support throughout these events and we look forward to to seeing your smiling faces soon.”

The 29-year-old man has been charged with burglary and commit, criminal damage, and stealing. He is expected to appear in court on August 16.

Bizarre Melbourne wine heist

Thieves were more successful in Melbourne last week, allegedly stealing 260 bottles of wine – valued at over $10,000 – from Yarraville restaurant Navi.

The storage cage where the wine bottles were being kept is in an underground level of the apartment complex that houses the restaurant, accessible through the carpark. 

In place of the bottles of wine, the criminals left three packs of nappies, which the restaurant’s chef guessed were emptied out of a box they used to carry the alcohol.

Wine heist nappies

Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the theft.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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