Thieves target golf clubs

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 13:00 03/02/2014

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Police are investigating a spate of break-ins at three Central Otago golf clubs at the weekend.

Sergeant Simon Paget of the Cromwell Police said the Alexandra, Naseby and Ranfurly golf clubs were broken into over the course of Friday night.

The Alexandra Golf Club was broken into about 10.30pm and a cupboard had been forced open, he said.

About 1.50am the Ranfurly club was forced into and two bottles of spirits were taken, before the offender or offenders moved on to the Naseby golf club and forced entry through the front door at 2am.

''Police are conducting a forensic examination of the scene and we are interested in talking to anyone with information.''

A vehicle was seen leaving the scene at Ranfurly which is described as an SUV-type vehicle, similar to a Toyota Rav 4 with a wheel mounted on the back door.

''Commercial burglaries are not something we have a lot of. Luckily, two of the buildings were alarmed which allowed club members or security to respond and hastened the offenders departure. That is why alarms are a good idea and the louder the better.''

In another burglary case, a 17-year-old Cromwell woman will appear in the Alexandra District Court facing burglary charges after police executed a search warrant at an Antimony Crescent address on Sunday.Clothes, cannabis and ammunition was found at the address.

The burglary charge related to an incident reported to police in December, Mr Paget said.

''I am pleased with the tenacity of our officers. We don't let these things go.''

Cromwell police were also kept busy on Sunday responding to a search and rescue job about 5.30pm.

A couple had got lost walking on the Kanuka Track on Bendigo Loop Rd in Central Otago.

''They told someone where they were going and were over their time by an hour. They were well prepared which was great to see.''

The werer not injured and were uplifted from the scene by a helicopter, Mr Paget said.

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