Ram raiders smashed their way into a Wangara surf shop early this morning.
A police spokesman said the offenders forced entry to the glass front of Go West Street and Surf on Prindiville Drive about 4.40am.
He said they stole clothing and other items.
Store manager Jason Fabbri said he estimated the damage bill to the family-run business, which is at the corner of a block of several stores, was about $16,000.
Mr Fabbri said about $4000 worth of stock had been stolen from the back of the store, which housed men’s clothing labels such as Unit, Red Chapter and Hurley.
Mr Fabbri’s mother, Julie Fabbri, who owns the store, said the ram-raid was the first major incident they had encountered in seven years of owning the business.
Ms Fabbri said she was surprised the offenders had not taken more stock and that more expensive items such as skateboards and sunglasses had been ignored.
“It’s a family business, retail is hard, times are tough,” Ms Fabbri said. “This isn’t going to make it any easier.”
The Fabbris hope to be back in business by tomorrow.
Forensic officers are at the scene, where glass, insulation and metal litter the front of the store and footpath.
Police are still searching for three or four people who used a stolen Toyota Landcruiser to ram the front doors of the Mullaloo Plaza shopping centre early yesterday.
The bandits caused about $80,000 damage when they crashed through the centre’s entrance and tried to smash an automatic teller machine about 1.30am.Anyone with information on either incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.