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Police are seeking information after at least eight central Balclutha businesses were burgled over the past month.
Detective Sergeant Kate Bartlett said entry had been through windows and skylights. Varying amounts of cash had been stolen and properties damaged.
She urged business owners to be extra vigilant securing and storing valuables and cash on premises.
Police were following several positive lines of inquiry and asked for information about any suspicious persons or behaviour in the Balclutha area, especially late at night and early morning.
Contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Balclutha police 418-0203.