Police link thefts

Police believe a spate of thefts, mainly in the Queenstown suburb of Fernhill, are linked.

Senior Constable Chris Blackford said police would like to speak to the owners or users of a black Ford Ghia station wagon with the number plate CKJ664.

He said police believed the people using the car were responsible for a series of break-ins and thefts from cars and homes.

Police officers had been monitoring an area in Fernhill and also suspect one of the offenders has been staying in a park on Williams St.

''It's only a matter of time before we locate the vehicle and the occupants,'' Snr Const Blackford said, but added the offenders could be caught sooner with assistance from members of the public.

Thefts in Fernhill include an iPod Nano and a Go Pro camera from a campervan broken into on Richards Park Lane overnight on Monday, a Vaio branded laptop and a cream purse containing bank cards from a car broken into on Caples Lane, and a quantity of cash from an unlocked car on Lochy Rd, reported stolen to police on Tuesday morning. At the weekend, a Bowen St house in Queenstown was burgled and ''a large quantity of alcohol'' and a women's handbag and its contents taken.

Snr Const Blackford said one of the victims had spoken to neighbours who also said their cars had been broken into.

He urged people to report crimes and said police would like to speak to anyone whose cars or homes had been entered.