Lock up, police warn Bell Block residents

19:47, Feb 04 2013

Bell Block residents are being warned to lock up tight after a wave of burglaries from houses and cars in the area.

Sergeant Mark Johnson, of New Plymouth police intelligence, said seven break-ins were reported in Dolphin Pde and Marline Tce over the weekend.

Police investigations were in the early stages, but it appeared a laptop, iPad, and alcohol were among the items taken from homes, while a wallet and a dress had been taken from unlocked cars.

"It's opportunistic stealing, they're not looking for anything specific or forcing locks, they're just trying the doors and taking whatever they find." Cupboards in one of the homes had been rifled through as well.

Mr Johnson said police want to hear from anyone who noticed or had seen suspicious behaviour around Dolphin Pde and Marlin Tce.

"We are never too busy to lock up burglars and thieves and it is better to call us when suspicious activity is occurring than reporting it the following morning."

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He said the thefts were "a concerning trend in Bell Block" and urged residents to lock their houses and cars.

"We just need to get it into people's heads. Lock your houses and lock your cars."

Three males aged 25, 17 and 16 have been arrested after a burglary at Bell Block Primary School over the school holidays where 12 Apple laptops were taken.

"Police are working hard to track down the offender/s for this latest spate of offending. We have a few names in mind; those people can expect a visit from us."

If you have any information contact the New Plymouth police station on (06) 759 5500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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