Tourist vehicles target of thieves - police

Tourist vehicles were targeted in thefts in Dunedin yesterday. 

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said two rental vehicles were broken into at a car park in Seal Point Rd, Sandymount, between 12pm and 3pm.

Among the items stolen were two German passports, cash, travel documents, an international driving permit, clothing and running shoes.

The tourists were carrying euros and New Zealand dollars, Snr Sgt Benn said.

The incidents followed a theft at the Tunnel Beach car park between 11.30am and 1.20pm, in which CDs, petrol vouchers and a handbag containing cash were taken.

The items had a value between $200 and $300, Snr Sgt Benn said.

Police believed the thefts were linked.

''It appears they're targeting the areas on the edge of Dunedin city.''

Police urged people to be vigilant by locking cars and turning alarms on, but acknowledged all three cars had been broken into.

''In this case, when they're smashing the glass, it's a little bit awkward to keep your car 100% safe,'' Snr Sgt Benn said.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Sandymount or Tunnel Beach areas around the time of the thefts.

-damian.george@odt.co.nz

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