Cops nab thefts over social media posts

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

A South Hedland couple are due to face court today after being caught allegedly stealing and on selling property on social media.

Police allege the pair stole items, particularly tools from individuals and businesses, and listed them for sale on the Facebook sites Everything Hedland and Hedland For Sale.

Yesterday police charged a 34-year-old male with five counts of property laundering, three counts of stealing and one count of breach of police order while a 28-year-old woman was charged with four counts of property laundering and five counts of stealing.

A police spokeswoman said while the social media sites were legitimate, it is likely that stolen property is regularly being sold through social media pages.

“It is an offence to knowingly purchase stolen property and users should exercise caution when engaging in purchases from these, or similar sites and in any situation where the property sale may appear unusual, or suspicious,” she said.

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To report stolen property or suspicious behaviour call police on 13 14 44.

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