Thefts prompt warning

Police in Oamaru are urging motorists to keep unattended vehicles locked, after two teenagers were apprehended for an alleged spate of thefts from vehicles.

Sergeant Blair Wilkinson said a 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old male, both from Oamaru, were arrested and charged yesterday with offences relating to at least five vehicles either entered or unlawfully taken in the past seven days.

Sgt Wilkinson said some property alleged to have been taken from vehicles had been recovered and police were attempting to find the owners. It included Asian currency, believed to be Indonesian, taken from a car parked on the South Hill, and cash taken from a Subaru station wagon. ''So we are eager to hear from the owners of both those vehicles.''

He said most of the alleged offending had been carried out on vehicles that had been left unlocked, or in some cases with the keys left in the ignition.

''Police would like to remind the community to ensure that vehicles are locked, and items of value aren't left in the car overnight, if possible.''


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