Two arrested over RSL break-in

Two men have been arrested after investigations into a break-in and theft from Victor Harbor RSL on Sunday, September 9.

About 7am a man broke into the sub branch of the RSL Club on Coral Street and stole a deactivated antique firearm and a deactivated antique flare gun. The man was seen leaving the area in company with a second man.

Police released CCTV images of the suspect and asked for assistance from the public.

About 5.15pm on Saturday arrested a 36-year-old man in Magill. He has been charged with serious criminal trespass and theft and bailed to appear at the Victor Harbor Magistrates Court on November 5.

Just after noon on Sunday police arrested a 36-year-old man at a Strathalbyn address.

He was charged with serious criminal trespass, theft and fail to answer questions. He was refused bail and was due to appear in the Mount Barker Magistrates Court today, (Monday).

A search of the two homes was conducted however the stolen items were not located.

Victor Harbor RSL president Dave Miller has praised the quick response by the local police and Peter Schirmer from Great Southern Security.

He said Mr Schirmer could have thought it was one of the veterans accidentally triggering the alarm, but instead had acted to protect the RSL and called the police.

“Within minutes the police were at the RSL and we believe only just missed the man as he left the premises,” Mr Miller said.

He said the stolen firearms would be very difficult to replace.

As well as the firearms being stolen damage was caused to the RSL’s eight-ball table and one of the display cabinets.

Police would like to thank the local community for their assistance.

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