Burglary spree prompts warning from police

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Oamaru police is warning members of the public to report suspicious activity following a spate of burglaries over the last few weeks, Sergeant Tony Woodbridge says.

Sergeant Woodbridge said police had been investigating a number of burglaries in Oamaru recently, especially from vehicles.

“The public have been very good at telling us when there’s been large groups of youths in places they’re not supposed to be.”

Members of the public and the Waitaki Guardians also needed to be thanked for helping police arrest three young people following an incident on Saturday night, Sergeant Woodbridge said.

Police were alerted to suspicious behaviour after people heard banging noises coming from Steampunk HQ.

Three people were seen breaking into the coin boxes outside the building before escaping in a Subaru station wagon.

Members of the Waitaki Guardians managed to find them and police arrested two 18-year-old Oamaru men and a 24-year-old woman who had just moved to Oamaru from Dunedin.

Sergeant Woodbridge said it was unknown whether any coins were taken from the boxes.