Digger taken as building sites targeted

A digger and $5000 worth of goods and tools were stolen in two separate burglaries at Queenstown construction sites at the weekend.

Burglars took valuable equipment from a site in Belfast Terrace during the first incident, and the second burglary took place at Hanley Downs, where Queenstown's largest housing development is being built.

The Hanley's Farm subdivision is projected to have 1750 sections.

Tools and a trailer with a small digger on the back were stolen during  the second burglary.

The value of items taken from the Hanley Downs site was unknown.

Both incidents were reported on Monday and police could not confirm the time each burglary took place.

Senior sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, said officers will now be doing theft prevention work with construction sites.

"We have a lot of development at the moment.

"Make sure your property is well marked and well secured and if possible, removed from the site.''

The incidents followed two burglaries at the Queenstown Country Club development site last month, which took place over the same weekend.

Several tools and items of building equipment were taken from the site.

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