Bundaberg police are searching for this man who has been seen breaking into homes in the Avenell Heights area.
Bundaberg police are searching for this man who has been seen breaking into homes in the Avenell Heights area. Contributed

Residents urged to remain vigilant

AVENELL Heights residents are being urged to practice constant vigilance after a spate of break-ins in the past week.

Police have released a com-fit of the man who is believed to have been responsible for the incidents.

The com-fit contains a dark box over the man's mouth as the witness saw the person through a window and did not see that part of his face.

Bundaberg police Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said all of the break-ins occurred through unlocked doors or by the man taking out fly or security screens.

Snr Sgt Hildred said the first of the break-ins occurred between 6am, Friday and 8am on Saturday on Woolley St, Avenell Heights.

He said a handbag and its contents were taken after the intruder entered through an unlocked door.

On Friday, another break-in occurred on Sinclair St, Avenell Heights when the intruder gained entry by removing the fly screen.

A wallet was taken from the premises.

The Sinclair St wallet was later found on Woolley St and the Woolley St handbag found on Sinclair St.

A second handbag was taken after an intruder entered a home by removing a fly screen on Brady St, Avenell Heights between 7pm Saturday and 7am Sunday.

Snr Sgt Hildred said a man believed to be in his early 20s and with light brown hair was seen acting suspiciously around Brady St on Sunday.

"Anyone who has seen someone acting suspiciously or matches that description should contact police immediately," he said.

Snr Sgt Hildred also urged people across the region to be vigilant.

"I know that the summer heat in coming up but people need to be mindful of their security," he said.

"That includes locking doors in parts of the house not in use."

Snr Sgt Hildred urged people to lock their screen doors and windows as well.

"For $20 people can get a plastic guard for their screen doors which prevents people from being able to unlock the door from the outside," he said.

Anyone with any information on the break-ins should call Bundaberg police on 4153 9111.



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