Thieves leave Mazdas extensively damaged

It will go down as the weekend of the Mazda three.

A trio of Japanese imports were targeted by thieves in Dunedin during the weekend.

Between 9pm and midnight on Friday a Mazda station wagon was stolen from a Mosgiel address, Sergeant Tracy Turner said.

The vehicle was found shortly after on fire in the main street of Outram.



The second Mazda was stolen from Mornington between 7pm and 10pm on Saturday.

It had also been recovered, however, it was "extensively damaged" as a result of a being involved in a crash, Sgt Turner said.

Fortunately for the owner of the third Mazda their car had not befallen the fate of the other two.

But between Friday night and yesterday afternoon the vehicle - which had been parked in central Dunedin over the weekend - was entered and a radar stolen from inside.

The vehicle's owner found it with a door ajar yesterday.

Sgt Turner said police had a person of interest in the second incident, but it was too early to say if any of the other incidents were linked.

  • Dunedin police (03) 471-4800, Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
  • Overnight on Saturday a vehicle in the Glen had its mags and wheels stolen. They were "brand new", Sgt Turner said.


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