Rural burglaries ramping up

A string of apparent burglaries targeting rural North Otago properties has police concerned and pleading for people to ramp up security to counter thieves as the festive season approaches.

Between November 25 and 30, a secured farm shed on a Horse Gully Rd property near Papakaio was allegedly forcibly entered and two chainsaws and other tools were taken.

It was the latest in a string of similar crimes committed over the past two months, Sergeant Blair Wilkinson, of Oamaru, said.

Between November 10 and 23 a house bus was broken into in McKerrow Rd and binoculars, a four-man tent, tomahawk, machete, headlight, pruning shears, hunting knives and books were taken.

On November 19, two chainsaws were stolen from a remote cottage in Breakneck Rd at Herbert.

Inquiries were continuing.

Sgt Wilkinson said the burglaries continued a worrying trend stretching back to late September and early October, when six burglaries of goods and vehicles were reported in four days.

daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

 

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