Burglaries, thefts prompt a police security warning

Oamaru police are advising people to secure their property after a spate of burglaries in North Otago.

Police executed a search warrant in North Otago last Friday relating to the burglary of farm items on January 6 in Oamaru-Alma Rd, just south of Oamaru.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, said a 42-year-old man was charged with theft. He appeared in the Timaru District Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody.

On Thursday night, medication was stolen from a property in Teschemakers Rd, and petrol was stolen from a property in McDonalds Rd between 8am and 9am on Saturday. Tools were stolen from a business in Ribble St, Oamaru, at the weekend.

Over the past two months, about 30 sheep had been stolen from a property in Devils Bridge Rd.

Snr Sgt McCoy said it was important, especially in rural areas, to make sure properties were secure and locked at all times.

Police had to be contacted immediately when incidents occurred.

"We need to be reporting any activity at the time. Even if it’s minor, just ring us. If it’s suspicious, we need to be aware," he said.

Police were following up an aggravated robbery on Friday at the Unichem North End Pharmacy, on Thames Highway, just after 5.30pm.

On Saturday, police arrested a 34-year-old Oamaru man who appeared in the Timaru District Court on Monday and was remanded in custody.

Police were still appealing for information, and inquiries into all incidents were ongoing.

kayla.hodge@odt.co.nz

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