Hide antlers, po­lice say


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 Dunedin house on Oc­to­ber 25 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.

‘‘It’s un­for­tu­nate, be­cause peo­ple should be proud of the tro­phy heads they’ve shot and should be able to dis­play them where they like.’’

Se­nior con­sta­ble Mur­ray He­wit­son of Owaka said po­lice were in­ter­ested in hear­ing from any­body who saw a black or dark coloured Datsun ute, with a white canopy, on or around Satur­day Oc­to­ber 7.

The ve­hi­cle was be­lieved to be car­ry­ing four oc­cu­pants.

He­wit­son said these peo­ple ap­peared to have been trav­el­ling through­out the area look­ing for antlers, and af­ter see­ing them from the road, had en­tered peo­ple’s prop­er­ties and stolen them.

A po­lice spokesper­son said in­quiries were con­tin­u­ing into the thefts.

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