Region on alert

Region on alert

The Limestone Coast has been hit by a string of break ins, with police believing several of them to be linked.

Premises in Millicent, Penola and Tantanoola have been targeted in the last two weeks, while the Glencoe, Yahl and Compton CFS stations were also hit.

There has also been a spate of vehicle break ins around the Bordertown area.

A SAPOL spokesman said Limestone Coast Police were investigating a number of non-residential break ins in Millicent and Penola which were believed to be linked.

“Forensic evidence is currently being analysed and police are following positive lines of enquiry after reviewing CCTV,” he said.

“The CFS shed at Yahl was broken into on January 11 where uniforms were stolen.

“Another break in was reported at the Glencoe West CFS shed on January 13 where a small amount of cash was stolen. There was also an attempted break-in on the Compton CFS shed but no entry was gained.

“It is not clear at this time whether the three incidents are linked.”

The spokesman said the incidents were not believed to be related to the Millicent and Penola break ins.

“Police are investigating a break in at the Vintage Café, Penola, which occurred between 6.30pm on January 6 and 7am on January 7. A front window was jemmied off and removed to gain entry, and cash was stolen from the premises,” the spokesman said.

“Sometime between 9.30pm Friday, January 5 and 8.20am Saturday, January 6 a cafe on George Street, Millicent, was broken in to and an amount of cash stolen. The incident was reported to police on Saturday morning when the break in was discovered. Police Crime Scene Investigators attended to inspect the scene for evidence.

“Damage was caused to a salon on George Street, Millicent, after an attempted break in sometime between Saturday, December 23 and Saturday, January 6. Fortunately entry was not gained to the premises. Crime Scene Investigators attended to inspect the scene for evidence.

“An attempted break in was reported at a restaurant on George Street, Millicent, sometime between 5am Saturday, January 6 and 9am Sunday, January 7. Fortunately entry was not gained to the premises.

“Sometime between 5pm Friday, January 5 and 10am Sunday, January 7, damage was caused to a business on George Street, Millicent, after an attempted break in. Fortunately entry was not gained to the premises.”

Limestone Coast Police also reported a recent spate of car break ins at Bordertown.

“In these incidents, the vehicles had been left insecure and appear to be opportunistic thefts,” the spokesperson said.

“Members of the public are urged to be vigilant with their vehicle security, remove all valuables from unattended vehicles and ensure they leave their vehicles secured.

Visit SAPOL – Safety and security tips for more information and tips on how to keep your house and vehicle safe.

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