Bizarre break-in: Intruder floods bathrooms, sprinkles sand on table

Students (from left) Sam Harrison, Julian Jones and Peter Remoto (all 20) had their flat broken...
Students (from left) Sam Harrison, Julian Jones and Peter Remoto (all 20) had their flat broken into and then flooded this week. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
It may not be Home Alone, but a wet bandit seems to be on the prowl in Dunedin.

Nothing was stolen in a Willowbank flat burglary early on Sunday, but showers were turned on and left running.

Sand was sprinkled on the dining table.

Four ping-pong balls were moved to the garden and placed next to each other.

A handsaw was broken, and then thrown on to a neighbour’s balcony.

Resident Sam Harrison said the worst part of the strange incident was the flooding.

The  intruder had turned on both the showers in the flat and left the doors open, which flooded the bathrooms.

The extent of the damage had not yet been assessed, but water leaked from the upstairs bathroom into the ceiling of the kitchen.

CCTV footage of an intruder attempting a break-in captured on a neighbour’s  security camera,...
CCTV footage of an intruder attempting a break-in captured on a neighbour’s security camera, following a burglary in the Willowbank area of North Dunedin early on Sunday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
He had no idea why someone would do that.

‘‘What type of mindset do you have to be in?’’

Four residents were home and asleep at the time of the break-in, about 1am.

When he arrived home at 3am, Mr Harrison said he thought it was strange his flatmate was having a late shower, but just went to bed.

He and his flatmates had left the back door unlocked, which was how the intruder got in.

After talking with neighbours they learned the burglar had attempted to break into other flats as well.

One neighbour had CCTV footage of a person trying to enter their nearby property at night.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said police had been notified  and were investigating.

Mr Harrison said he was not too shaken by the incident.

‘‘If it was more malicious I’d probably feel less safe. It’s hard to say it’s not kind of comedic.

‘‘Obviously, we will be locking our doors from now on.’’

wyatt.ryder@odt.co.nz

Comments

We each had a key to the flat when I was flatting with four flatmates. We weren't Mensa & Outward Bound super-teens but we still managed to use the keys. We took them with us when we went out, we used them to get back into the flat.
It's not hard.

 

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