Valuable items missing from three homes, police investigate

Items worth thousands of dollars have allegedly been taken in three separate burglaries in the space of a week in and around Oamaru.

A police spokeswoman said residential properties in Oamaru and Weston were targeted in each instance and a variety of sporting equipment and other valuable goods stolen.

Between March 5 and 7, the garage of a house in Ettrick St, north Oamaru, was allegedly entered and a pair of flippers, a spear gun, homemade jumper leads and a kinetic wood splitter valued at several hundred dollars taken.

Police believed a vehicle may have been used to haul the stolen goods, as the wood splitter weighed between 30kg and 40kg.

In the second burglary between March 8 and 10, a Lune St property in the Holmes Hill area was targeted and two bicycles were allegedly taken from a secured shed.

One was a Scott hard tail bicycle valued about $2500 and the other a Giant child’s BMX, worth about $800.

In the most recent reported burglary, between 6.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday, a Percy St property in Weston was broken into and the victim’s bedroom and another room ransacked; nothing had been reported stolen from that address, the spokeswoman said.

No arrests have been made and inquiries are continuing.

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