Thieves target homes and cars
Brazen thieves are hitting Invercargill city and rural properties as well as cars in a spate of burglaries and thefts.
Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle, of Invercargill, said there had been 22 burglaries reported in the city and on the city outskirts in the past two weeks.
There have also been 11 vehicles stolen in the past week in the greater Invercargill area.
Burglars have been active and striking in daylight in the Tiwai Rd, Mill Road South, Mason Rd and Albany Rd areas, Windle said.
"The properties have been burgled between the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm," she said.
And meat is on the menu for the light fingered felons along with televisions, cash and jewellery.
"It appears those responsible have been getting into people's freezers and outhouses and taking frozen meat."
Police had a lead on one of the burglaries in Mill Road South and were asking for information from the public.
A maroon car with two Maori men inside was seen outside a Mill Road South address on the day it was burgled. They are described as in their late 30s, tall, medium to large build and clean-shaven.
In the city, Richmond and Glengarry have been on the burglars radar.
Properties in these suburbs have been entered during the day and night, Windle said.
A raft of car thefts also has police looking for those responsible.
Nearly a dozen cars have been stolen in the past week from Metzger St, Elles Rd and the Surrey Park area. Most had been recovered after being found a short distance from where they were stolen.
Home and car owners should lock and secure their property and any suspicious activity reported to police.
The Southland Times