Burglaries may be linked

Police believe a burglary at the Clinton Rugby Club this week may be linked to a series of other burglaries around the area recently.

Twenty bottles of rum and cola and several packets of chips were stolen from the club after a window was smashed and the bar's roller door was damaged, Senior Constable Richard Whitmore, of Clinton, said.

The incident happened between am on Tuesday and 7.45pm on Thursday.

The break-in followed several the burglaries of similar premises in the district over the last couple of weeks, in which cash and alcohol were taken, Snr Const Whitmore said.

The kitchen at the Clutha Valley Rugby Club in Clydevale was ransacked yesterday and the contents of a piggy bank for bar tips taken after a break-in there, Constable Andy Dunning, of Balclutha, said.

It appeared a window had been smashed with a rock, Const Dunning said.

An empty till tray and a fire extinguisher, used within the property, were also taken.

The burglaries followed recent break-ins at an office at the Cathedral Caves, Chaslands Highway, Catlins, the Owaka Golf Club and a bach in Owaka, police said.


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