Crime roundup

A man who allegedly stole around $300 worth of goods from a Chemist Warehouse has been refused bail

The Herald Sun reports that Gabriel Staikuras, along with his girlfriend, was charged with trespassing, burglary, and committing the offence while on bail.

Senior Constable Michael McLachlan told Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court that Mr Staikuras had gone to the Heidelberg Chemist Warehouse on October 10 and gone through an open door, which was marked “staff only,” to a store room.

He allegedly stole four bottles of perfume, a pair of men’s sunglasses and a gift set.

He was later arrested at the Comfort Inn Greensborough, where he was allegedly found to have cannabis and stolen goods.

Senior Constable McLachlan told the Court that Mr Staikuras had had 29 warrants previously issued for his arrest, and that the man had failed to answer bail four times.

Mr Staikuras’ lawyer said he should be bailed to live with his girlfriend, and that his actions had been fuelled by a drug dependence and potential homelessness.

However bail was refused.

Also in Victoria, Narre Warren Police are investigating following a theft from a pharmacy in Narre Warren earlier this month.

Investigators have been told that a woman attended a Magid Drive shopping centre pharmacy at about 7.45pm on 19 June.

The woman selected a tanning device valued at $150 before leaving the store without paying.

Police would like to speak to this woman.

Investigators have released images of a woman who they believe can assist with their enquiries.

“The woman is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, aged in her 30s with blonde hair,” police say.

“She was wearing a black jacket, light coloured jeans and carrying a large black bag.

“Anyone who recognises the woman or has any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at”

Meanwhile in Queensland, police have charged an 18-year-old man in relation to two break-and-enters at two separate pharmacies on the Gold Coast in the small hours of Thursday morning.

Police allege that at around 5.10am two males attempted to break the glass of a front sliding door at Southport pharmacy, but were unsuccessful.

They then allegedly kicked the glass in and entered the premises stealing a quantity of prescription drugs.

“Shortly after at 5.45am, it is alleged a front sliding glass door was kicked in at a Hope Island Road chemist at Helensvale where a quantity of fragrances and prescription drugs were taken,” Queensland Police say.

“An 18-year-old man from Southport has been charged with two counts of enter premises with intent and one count each of burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.”

And in NSW, police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a Griffith pharmacy.

About 6pm on Tuesday 23 June, an unknown man went to the rear entrance of a pharmacy in Griffith as staff were preparing to close the store for the day.

It is alleged that he produced a firearm before demanding medication from a female employee.

The man followed the female employee to a safe located inside the store and took numerous controlled medications, before fleeing on foot.

Officers from Murrumbidgee Police District arrived at the scene shortly after and established a crime scene.

They said that nobody was physically injured during the incident.

As inquiries continue, detectives would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 175cm tall with a muscular build and was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident.

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  1. Kay Dunkley

    Sometimes reading about crime can be a trigger for those who have previously been involved in an incident. If you find these reports distressing you can call the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) to talk it over with a colleague on 1300244910. PSS is available every day of the year between 8am and 11pm AEST. All calls are confidential and callers can remain anonymous. PSS is available to all pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy students in Australia.

  2. A Pharmacist

    I always wonder how a giant warehouse is still considered a community pharmacy. Can a pharmacist effectively supervise such a huge pharmacy which is four to six times bigger than a medical centre? Does the number of pharmacists on duty should not be based on the square feet of such giant buildings? Huge Isles where you cannot see across, professional service area more than a tennis field, items stored and sold in these buildings are non-relevant to pharmacy profession and customers call the pharmacists directly to enquire about lipstick, perfume, shoes, toys, etc. I saw on FB police crime page, that a pharmacist in charge of a CW was stabbed in the car park as he left the pharmacy/dispensary unsupervised and run behind the thief to recover perfume bottles. Can a sole charge pharmacist leave the pharmacy unattended? When an owner pharmacist asks other pharmacist to claim for fake med checks, clinical interventions, PBS medicines that were never picked up or supplied to the patients, is it not a theft of tax payer’s money? When such thieves will be caught?

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