Police warn about thefts from vehicles in car parks

Police are warning people to keep their cars locked and hide any valuables after recent thefts from Dunedin car parks.

The Organ Pipes and the Dunedin Botanic Garden car parks were targeted in recent days and valuables were stolen from vehicles.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said in the latter case an elderly couple were parked in the botanic garden car park in Cumberland St yesterday, when they saw a suspicious individual.

The man was described as a clean-shaven Caucasian male in his mid-20s, of skinny build and wearing a dark brown leather jacket down to his hips, with a heavy hood.

The couple returned from a walk to find their car alarm going off, their boot open and a backpack hanging out of the car.

Police were concerned this might amount to a spike in thefts from cars in Dunedin.

Snr Sgt Dinnissen reminded people to lock their cars and place valuables out of sight.

''If it's out of sight then it removes the temptation for people to steal.

''Thieves are looking for items such as cameras, phones, laptops and cash.''

• Police are seeking information after Grant's Braes School in Waverley, Dunedin, was broken into and tools were stolen over the weekend.

Snr Sgt Dinnissen said waterblasting tools worth about $2000 were taken.

emma.perry @odt.co.nz

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