Residents asked to help stem burglaries
Police are warning Marlborough residents to report any suspicious behaviour after more burglaries over the past week.
The thefts come after police reported a spike in burglaries in the Marlborough region since July 1.
More than 70 burglaries have been reported in the past nine weeks.
Constable Andrew Holdaway, of Blenheim, said two Springlands houses were broken into.
Cash was stolen from a house in Kingwell Dr on Wednesday between 1pm and 4pm. Three teenage boys were seen in the area between the hours the burglary is thought to have taken place.
Around the same time, a house in Colemans Rd was broken into.
A Nintendo DS Light, two Xbox games and a green Hunting and Fishing child's backpack were taken.
Overnight on Monday a ute was taken from a Tuamarina farm. It was found near the farm, crashed and abandoned.
A thief broke into a house in Ward St, Blenheim, and stole a wallet on Sunday, Mr Holdaway said.
The thief forced open a window in the lounge to enter the house. They searched the house and took a wallet.
Another wallet was stolen from a car parked in Blenheim on the same day. It was stolen from a Honda Odyssey parked in Murphys Rd between 5pm and 6.30pm.
The wallet was later found in Ward St, emptied of its contents.
Overnight on Friday, blue paint was thrown on the bonnet of a 4WD truck parked in Hillside Tce, Witherlea.
Police are investigating the thefts and the vandalism, Mr Holdaway said.
Police warned Marlborough residents to keep an eye on their neighbourhood and report any suspicious behaviour or people to police.
People climbing through windows or looking around properties they did not live at was classed as suspicious behaviour, he said.
People should call 111 immediately to report suspicious behaviour or give information anonymously by Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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