'Aladdin's Cave' of loot stolen in city

Dunedin Central Police Station gym resembled Aladdin's Cave yesterday, with hundreds of items of stolen loot laid out.

Dozens of cellphones, gaming consoles, jewellery, cameras, wallets, alcohol, outdoor equipment, two bikes and a firearm were among the property recovered from a North Dunedin address yesterday morning.

Police executed a search warrant following the arrest of two unemployed men, aged 21 and 23, in connection with a theft from a vehicle.

Sergeant Paul McLaughlan, of the tactical crime unit, said the pair had been targeting homes and vehicles in the student area and Northeast Valley since May.

Police confirmed the men, who were caught riding allegedly stolen mountain bikes , had been involved in at least 14 burglaries and thefts from vehicles, with more offending likely.

It was possible some of the thefts and burglaries - particularly those in the student area - had been unreported.

Police believed some stolen gear had already been sold online.

Sgt McLaughlan said the pair had targeted unlocked homes and vehicles, and people should be proactive about securing their property.

Included in the haul were credit cards and personal identification, which helped to reunite some of the property with their rightful owners.

However, people who might have had property stolen in the North Dunedin area in recent months are urged to contact Dunedin police on 471-4800.

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