Rest homes hit in burglary spree


Two men are wanted by police after a three-week burglary spree of rest homes across the district including one in Oamaru.

The men are allegedly suspects for seven burglaries and thefts from rest homes that occurred between May, 14 and June 2, 2014 in Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill, Clyde and Cromwell.

Oamaru Police Sergeant Blair Wilkinson said the Oamaru burglary occurred after some cash and personal items were taken from the staff office at Iona Rest Home & Hospital on the night of May 20.

The items were found to be missing by staff the next day, he said.

Invercargill Police Detective Sergeant Stu Harvey said the first suspect is described as a Māori male in his 20s with black hair and walking with crutches as he has a moon boot on his left leg.

The other suspect is described as a Māori male approximately aged 18 with short black hair.

The other burglaries and thefts occurred at Osborne House Rest Home and Fulton Home (both in Dunedin), Dunstan Hospital (Clyde) and Ripponburn Hospital home (Cromwell) and Cargill Rest Home and Rowena Jackson Rest Home (both in Invercargill).

Anyone who has information in relation to the identity of the two males or the offending is encourage to contact their local police station.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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