Police investigating spate of sports club burglaries in Canterbury

CCTV footage of Tai Tapu Golf Club break-in
Tai Tapu Golf Club

CCTV footage of Tai Tapu Golf Club break-in

Canterbury sports clubs are hot targets for thieves.

Police are warning clubs to be vigilant as they investigate a spate of burglaries.

The clubrooms for the Papanui Tigers and Hornby Panthers Rugby league clubs, the Waihora Rugby Club and the Tai Tapu Golf Club have been broken into in the last month.

Papanui Tigers league player Damien Papuni escapes the clutches of Hornby Panthers players during a match in 2016.
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Papanui Tigers league player Damien Papuni escapes the clutches of Hornby Panthers players during a match in 2016.

Senior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel said the offenders had targeted alcohol, although some clubs were taken from the golf club.

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"These events have typically occurred at the end of the working week when the facilities have increased their alcohol stocks for the weekend's sales," he said.

"Positive leads are being followed, however police will be increasing patrols around these facilities."

Police did not think all the robberies were committed by the same offenders.

The Waihora Rugby and Tai Tapu Golf clubs, which share the Rhodes Domain in Tai Tapu, were hit on the same night.

Golf club manager Steve Piper said eight sets of hire clubs were stolen when a gear shed was broken into on April 29.

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"They tried to get in on the Wednesday night, but they bent the bolt the wrong way, so they came back on Thursday night and got in," he said.

Waihora Rugby Club vice president Derek Miller said the thieves had broken a padlock to get into the club, but did not take anything.

"I think they were after alcohol, but there was nothing there."

Piper said the thieves "appeared to be amateurs" as they made no attempt to hide their identities, unlike thieves who had robbed the club in the past.

Anyone who notices suspicious private sales of cheap alcohol, or other suspicious activity, is asked to call their local police station or the confidential CrimeStoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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