Sunday Territorian

Alice and Tennant cop eight break-ins


POLICE were called to eight break-ins in Central Australia and the Barkly Region on Friday night and Saturday morning, with warmer temperatur­es seeing increased criminal activity.

Six of the incidents were in Alice Springs with a further two in Tennant Creek.

NT Police said the first reported break-in came through Friday afternoon for a business along the Todd Mall, but is believed to have occurred anytime between Thursday afternoon and Friday.

Officers also attended break-ins overnight at Head St, Braitling, where two motor vehicle keys were stolen.

There was another break-in at a residentia­l property in Alice Springs in which intruders smashed their way through a glass door and drunk soft drink and cigarettes, but stole no items on Saturday morning.

One youth is in custody after a motor vehicle registered in South Australia was stolen from a property in the early hours of Saturday morning and driven around the CBD.

Police managed to stop the car at 5am.

Two motor vehicles were also reported stolen along Cunning St at around 6am Saturday.

Two further incidents were reported in Tennant Creek.

Forensics are investigat­ing after a break-in at an apartment on Blain St, with police not yet sure what was stolen.

Intruders also managed to break into a home on Smith St through a kitchen window, making off with a bike and backpack.

Darwin police on Saturday morning said they had a busy night but there were no noteworthy events.

There was a 38 per cent increase in house break-ins in Alice Springs in the 2020-21 financial year compared to 2019-20, but a moderate 1.2 per cent decline in Tennant Creek.

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