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Mining explosives stolen for bikie gang

ARMED with 100kg of explosives, a 25-year-old Perth man was hoping to make a quick buck by selling the dangerous goods to an outlaw motorcycle gang.

But before his plant could be ignited, police found the stash and blew his $170,000 plan to pieces.

Joshua James Preece was refused bail in the Perth Magistrates Court this week, after being charged with receiving and being in possession of the explosives, which he allegedly intended to sell to a bikie gang.

The West Australian reported the former Perth mine worker was accused of entering into an agreement with current Higginsville mine worker Robert Ivan Crinall, 26, to steal explosives.

Preece and his girlfriend, Sarah Julie Murphy, 23, drove to the mine site to collect the explosives, police said.


The pair’s Mitsubishi Magna was searched by police the following day, with 152 cartridges of detonator sensitive explosive Senatal Magnum and five detonators discovered.

A police prosecutor told the court Preece intended to sell the explosives to an outlaw motorcycle gang for $170,000.

Preece will be remanded in custody until May 13, when he is due to appear in court via video link.

Murphy was granted bail and is due to appear in court on May 13.

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