Burglaries under investigation

A string of recent burglaries in Oamaru appears to have ceased.

Nine burglaries or attempted burglaries were reported to police between May 28 and June 8.

Among the properties reported to have been unlawfully entered were three churches - St Patrick's Basilica on May 29 or 30, the Orwell St Church between June 1 and 4, and St Paul's Presbyterian Church in Coquet St on June 4. Nothing was taken.

Sergeant Blair Wilkinson, of Oamaru, said it was possible those responsible for the church break-ins did not intend stealing.

"Nothing was taken, which suggests someone was going in there to sleep," Sgt Wilkinson said.

That did not account for the other reported burglaries, he said.

On May 30, alcohol was taken from an unlocked laundry in Trent St. Between May 31 and June 3, cash was stolen from an office at the Drill Hall in Itchen St.

On June 4, a clothes drier was stolen from the Brydone Hotel, and locks were forced at a commercial property in Ouse St where tools and fuel were stolen.

Several tools were stolen from a construction site in Orwell St between June 1 and 2.

An attempt to break into a locked unit in Trent St, between May 28 and June 8 was unsuccessful.

No arrests have been made and inquiries are continuing.

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