Three golf clubrooms targeted by burglars

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2014

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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 Cromwell, said the Alexandra, Naseby and Ranfurly golf clubs were broken into on Friday night and Saturday morning.

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

About 1.50am on Saturday, entry was forced into the Ranfurly club and two bottles of spirits were taken.

The offender or offenders then moved on to the Naseby golf club and forced the front door at 2am.

Police were examining the scene and were interested in talking to anyone with information about the break-ins, Mr Paget said.

A vehicle was seen leaving the Ranfurly burglary scene.

It was described as an SUV similar to a Toyota Rav 4, with a wheel mounted on the rear door.

"Commercial burglaries are not something we have a lot of," Mr Paget said.

Two of the buildings were fitted with alarms, 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."

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Cromwell woman will appear in the Alexandra District Court on burglary charges after police searched an Antimony Cres property on Sunday.

Clothes, cannabis and ammunition were found at the address.

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

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

A couple had become lost walking on the Kanuka track in Bendigo Loop Rd in Central Otago.

"They told someone where they were going and were over their return time by an hour.

"They were well prepared, which was great to see," Mr Paget said.

The couple were uninjured and were flown from the scene by helicopter.

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