Coin collection taken in Otautau burglary

21:54, Nov 08 2012

Otautau police are calling for help after what is believed to be the first residential house burglary in the town in four years.

Constable Greg Ballantyne said that although thefts from rural properties were not uncommon, he believed the burglary of a Main St house was the first involving a residential property in his four years as a police officer in the town.

The burglary occurred sometime between October 29 and November 3 when the occupant was away for work. The goods taken were a television, DVD player, a Stihl chainsaw and meat including two hogget racks of about 5kg each and three bags of venison.

But the most notable property missing were commemorative coins from Japan and Western Samoa, Mr Ballantyne said.

The house was locked at the time of the break-in, and the offender forced open an aluminium window.

Anyone with information about the burglary should contact the Otautau police or the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

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