Thieves target Dunedin car parks

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

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

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnisen said in the latter case an elderly couple were parked in the Botanic Garden car park on Cumberland St yesterday when they saw a suspicious individual.

The man was described as a clean-shaven Caucasian male in his mid 20s, of a 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 Dinnisen reminded people to lock their cars and remove valuables from 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."

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