Thefts, scams investigated
Police are warning people to be cautious about displaying hard deer antler in or around their properties after a spate of thefts.
Several deer antlers, ram horns and chamois, along with their heads, were seized from a house near Dunedin late last month following multiple thefts from South Otago and Southland.
Senior constable Adam Roberts of Riversdale said there was a market for hard antler and people should take precautions to deter thefts.
‘‘Rather than having them in easily accessible places on their properties like gardens they should be kept away from where people can see them if they are driving past.’’
Senior constable Murray Hewitson of Owaka said a search warrant was executed at a Green Island house on October 25. He had taken seven reports of antler thefts from the Clutha District alone, where he believed the bulk of the thievery had occurred, with some from Southland.
People had made complaints to Stuff and on Facebook about thefts from their properties in the Catlins, including Tahakopa, which had also alerted police. A police spokesperson said inquiries were continuing into the thefts.
Meanwhile, Clutha police were investigating two break-ins, senior constable Tanya Grant said.
At a Needle St, Kaitangata property, offenders removed a security light and a solar-powered Monarch Butterfly ornament, between October 23-31.
At Lawrence, a house under renovation was entered between October 8 and November 5.
‘‘There does not appear to have been anything taken from the property but the offenders have left behind some empty alcohol bottles and appear to have taken a bike on the property for a spin,’’ Grant said.
At Yarmouth St, Balclutha overnight Friday, a fence and letter box were damaged.
At Clinton overnight November 1, 17 Super 15 calf pellets were stolen from a gate way near 637 Clifton Rd. Forty 25kg bags had been left out for feeding.
Police are warning people to be wary of calls, letters or email requests for contact, or bank account details from anyone promising a financial windfall from a long lost relative.
‘‘Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,’’ Grant said.
‘‘Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’’