Hide valuables, Wanaka police warn after car break-ins

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Last updated 05:00 30/12/2013

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Wanaka police are urging people to hide valuables in their vehicles after thieves broke into seven cars in the tourist town at the weekend.

Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said seven cars had their windows smashed and items stolen on Friday and Saturday night.

The thieves were targeting cars which had handbags and wallets inside and would later dispose of them once they had been searched and the cash taken, Mr Grindell said.

A car parked at a property in Bills Way had its windows smashed and five vehicles on Oakwood Pl were also damaged.

It was believed someone disturbed the offenders about 2am before they set off, "likely on foot", and attempted to break into a car at the Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park, setting its alarm off.

Mr Grindell said he believed there was more than one offender.

"I suspect it's a small group of young males who have most likely been drinking," he said.

The incidents were a timely reminder to remove or hide valuables out of sight if they were left in vehicles and if possible to park off-street or in a well-lit area, Mr Grindell said.

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