Burglar hits 18th club

Last updated 05:00 03/02/2014

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Canterbury's golf-club burglar appears to be back on home turf after a spree down south last month.

Police believe the person is responsible for up to 18 break-ins at golf clubs across the South Island since the beginning of the year, including two in North Canterbury during the weekend.

In almost every case, the culprit has forced entry and raided the green fees honesty boxes. However, this tactic is not proving a money-spinner. Many of the honesty boxes have been either empty or close to it.

The latest break-ins were at the Hawarden and Amuri golf clubs, discovered yesterday, and the Ashley golf club overnight Thursday-Friday.

Those followed similar break-ins at the Burnham and Tai Tapu clubs overnight Wednesday-Thursday.

Seven clubs from South Canterbury to Otago were broken into the previous week.

Police said the damage incurred was worse for the golf clubs than the financial loss and advised them to put up signage indicating there was no cash on the premises.

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