Several cars parked near Cromwell trails broken into

Cromwell police are investigating after several thefts from cars parked near Central Otago recreational trails.

Sergeant Sarah Waugh, of Cromwell, said police were looking for the public's help to find the culprit.

On Tuesday, October 27, two cars parked at Nine Mile, Cromwell Gorge, during the day had their windows smashed and tools stolen.

Last night about 6.15pm, a car was parked at the carpark by Bannockburn Bridge while the occupant went for a walk on the nearby River Trail, police said.

The driver's window was smashed and a wallet and cell phone were stolen.

Today about 10am, a van was parked at a car park on Bannockburn Road while the occupant went for a walk on the nearby cycle track.

The driver’s window was smashed and a wallet stolen.

Both Bannockburn car parks are approximately 400 metres apart and are frequented by users of the nearby walking trails and cycle tracks.

Vehicles parked there are readily visible to passing traffic.

"The victims had locked their cars and hidden their valuables out of sight," Sgt Sarah Waugh said.

"They are angry and upset at having their vehicles broken into and the subsequent ongoing disruption associated with cancelling bank cards and store cards."

If anyone saw anyone or anything suspicious or unusual in these areas around these times, Police would like to hear from you.

  • If you have information call 105, or information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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