Thefts, scams in­ves­ti­gated

Clutha Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - RACHAEL KELLY AND MARY-JO TOHILL

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.’’

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