Two men have been charged with committing a burglary in the midst of this month’s bushfire disaster in the shire of Denmark. Denmark police have charged two Ocean Beach men in relation to a home burglary at a Hay property on February 7 as the community was still reeling from a fire that destroyed four homes. The bushfire started on February 4, doubled in size that night and was still at a watch and act level on February 7. Police will allege the men, both 20, gained entry to the vacant property before ransacking the home and stealing thousands of dollars worth of items. About $16,000 worth of property was stolen, including electrical items, antiques, camping equipment and a wine collection containing 66 bottles, police say. Police executed a search warrant at an address in Ocean Beach on February 11 and managed to recover all the stolen items, they said. A 20-year-old Ocean Beach man was arrested, interviewed, then charged with aggravated home burglary and commit, stealing, damaging property, possessing cannabis, and possessing prohibited drug paraphernalia. He was released on conditional bail and is set to appear in Albany Magistrates Court on March 3. Subsequent inquiries led police to another 20-year-old man from Denmark, who was arrested on February 13. He was charged with aggravated home burglary and stealing. He was remanded in custody and is due to face court on the matter on Thursday. Denmark officer-in-charge Sgt Matt Hartfield said seeing this type of alleged offending during a bushfire emergency was extremely frustrating. “This is an opportunistic crime while emergency services were tied up trying to save the town of Denmark,” Sgt Hartfield said. “There was no one home at the time and the offenders have taken this opportunity to break in, which is extremely disappointing. “The officers at Denmark police went above and beyond to recover the property and take two people into custody, and they will be dealt with in the courts in due course.” Sgt Hartfield said investigations were continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Denmark police on 9848 0500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperswa.com.au.