Smash-and-grab burglar steals Creme Eggs
A smash-and-grab burglar has gone on a spree in rural Canterbury, taking scores of cigarette packets from shops and petrol stations.
Police said there were six break-ins in the past two weeks, all linked to a white Subaru vehicle.
The targets were petrol stations in Rakaia, Doyleston and Tai Tapu, the Springston Dairy and the Leeston SuperValue, which was hit for the second time in the early hours of Sunday.
The culprit was disturbed during the Sunday heist, but police have been unable to find his car.
Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said in each case the thief pulled up in his car, smashed his way through the front door, grabbed as many cigarette packets or related items as he could, then drove off.
''He is not there long. Sometimes he is taking a whole display cabinet,'' Stills said.
Springston Dairy staff member Melissa Guckert said the thief did not make it to their cigarette cabinet when he broke in on March 25, possibly due to their alarm.
Instead, he grabbed cigars, cigarette papers and a basket of Cadbury Creme Eggs before fleeing.
''It's the same guy. He's driving the same car, but with different plates," Guckert said.
"It's more an inconvenience. If there's a car going past with a whole lot of Cadbury Creme Eggs wrappers, you'll know it's him.''
Stills said the spate was concerning.
''The shops don't deserve that, it costs them money. We don't know why people do burglaries, but my guess is it's the price [of cigarettes],'' Stills said.
Anyone who had noticed a white Subaru vehicle being driven in Selwyn or who had information on who was responsible should phone the Leeston police on 378 0150.