Worrying spike in break-ins
POLICE are concerned by a rise in property crime that appears to be occurring in one particular area.
Stanthorpe Police Senior Sergeant Gerard Brady said they’d noticed an escalation in opportunistic property crime in the Symes, Archibald and Denham Sts area.
“The last two months we’ve seen a spike in property crime,” Sen-Sgt Brady said.
“The offenders are mainly targeting sheds and unlocked vehicles in yards. It seems to be happening around that Symes St and Denham St area.”
Between June 9 and 10, unknown persons entered two vehicles parked in a backyard garage on Symes St.
“They had smashed the passenger-side window with a brick and removed a wallet and cash,” Sen-Sgt Brady said.
“The offenders have then gone to an adjacent shed and stolen a large number of power tools, camping equipment and fishing gear.
“Inquiries are continuing and police ask that if anyone saw suspicious activity that they contact police.”
In recent months, several other vehicles and sheds have been broken into, though it hasn’t been confined to that area.
“We’ve had two other instances of vehicles being unlawfully entered recently,” Sen-Sgt Brady said.
“On June 11 around 9.30–9.50am a vehicle was left unlocked in the Aldi parking lot for a short time, resulting in a purse being stolen.
“Then on June 15 between 1.30–3.30pm a mobile phone, credit card and wallet was removed from an unlocked vehicle parked at IGA.”
If you have any information about these incidents, phone Stanthorpe Police Station on 4681 6400 or Crime Stoppers.