Police wish to talk to this man in connection with a recent
burglaries at rest-homes around Otago and Southland. Photo
by NZ Police.
Police are hunting a pair of men over at least seven
''brazen'' burglaries from rest-homes in Otago and Southland.
Detective Sergeant Stu Harvey, of Invercargill, said the
thefts and burglaries took place between May 15 and this
week, with the pair starting in Cromwell, moving on to
Oamaru, then Dunedin and most recently reaching Invercargill.
The pair, posing as visitors, targeted cash and electronic
items, including iPads and laptop computers, after earlier
''scoping'' the rest-homes. The total value of cash and items
stolen was believed to be about $10,000.
Det Sgt Harvey described the offending as ''brazen'' and said
it was concerning they were stealing from organisations which
''They are targeting organisations which care for vulnerable
One of the men - described as being Maori, aged about 20,
with a clean and tidy appearance - wore crutches and a ''moon
boot'' on his left leg, but it was unknown whether he had a
''There do not seem to be too many problems with mobility.''
The other man was described as being Maori, aged about 18,
with short black hair.
Rest-homes targeted were Osborne House and Fulton Home in
Dunedin, Iona Home in Oamaru, Dunstan Hospital in Clyde,
Ripponburn Hospital and Home in Cromwell and Cargill Rest
Home and Rowena Jackson Rest Home in Invercargill.
It was possible other burglaries had occurred but had gone
''These are the ones that know.''
One of the incidents involved a theft from a resident, but
the others involved rest-home property.
Police previously said the pair took $823 in cash, two iPads
and a laptop computer from Ripponburn Hospital and Home in
Police had contacted rest-homes in the region and warned them
to be vigilant, but the focus was now on finding out who the
Anyone with information on the two offenders was asked to
contact their local police station or anonymously contact
Crimestoppers on 0800 555-111.