Wor­ry­ing spike in break-ins

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

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.

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