More reports of robberies from cars
Thursday, 31st January, 2013
The spate of robberies from motor vehicles is showing no signs of letting up, with police saying yesterday they had received reports of six more cars being broken into on Monday and overnight Tuesday.
Overnight on Sunday about 14 cars were broken into, all in the North, but the latest thefts have occurred in the West as well.
They include a Toyota Prado that was left unlocked at a Hill Street address which had cash, an ipad, a camera and earrings taken from it overnight Monday, and a Mitsubishi sedan in Chapple Lane from which a handbag was taken overnight on Tuesday, police said.
The handbag was later recovered.
Also overnight Tuesday, a Nissan ute in Wyman Street had property stolen from the rear tray that was taken to nearby Picton Oval and damaged, and a Ford sedan parked in Garnet Street had a purse, cigarettes, personal cards and papers stolen from it.
In Morgan Street a Mitsubishi ute was broken into and a hat stolen, and a Ford 4WD in Silica Street was robbed of a number of CDs.
Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg again reminded motorists to do their utmost to secure their vehicle at all times, regardless of where it is parked.
"Either keep valuables stored in your car where they can not be seen, or preferably, don't leave them sitting in the car."
Things like computers, ipods, mobile phones, wallets and handbags should always be taken inside, he said.
DI Stoltenberg said witnesses had described the thieves as boys and young men and he expressed his surprise that children should be out wandering the streets in the early hours of the morning.
"These offences are obviously being committed by young males and to think that there are parents out there who do not know and, I would have to say, do not care where their children are at night, just amazes me," he said.
Anyone with any information about these crimes, or who may see or hear anything of a suspicious nature, is urged to contact police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. In the case of an emergency they should call 000.