House thefts lead to security plea
THOUSANDS of dollars in cash and dozens of other valuables have been stolen by brazen thieves, who have been entering homes while the occupants are sleeping.
Unlocked doors and windows have been proving a temptation thieves cannot resist with a spate of seven home break-ins in the Kepnock area.
A further three break-ins have occurred in central Bundaberg during the same period.
The bold thefts have led Bundaberg police to plead with residents to make sure they lock their doors and close their windows to help deter the crooks.
Senior Constable Mike Glover said a majority of the Kepnock break-ins that had occurred since Christmas were in the Clive Cr area, and at this stage police believed many of the crimes were connected.
Snr Const Glover said $7000 in cash and two rings, worth a combined total of $5000, were stolen from a Bonding St home in the early hours of yesterday.
"They had a lounge room window left ajar, the thieves have entered by that," he said.
Snr Const Glover said a further $450 in cash was taken from a kitchen table after crooks entered an Edgar St home through an unlocked sliding door between 11pm on Friday and 8am on Sunday.
Other break-ins occurred on James St, Clive Cr, Hooper Crt, Berghoffer Dr, Kepnock Rd, Holland Crt and Stedman St in Norville.
"Bundaberg residents need to be conscious of locking up their dwellings at night time," Snr Const Glover said.
"There is one or more brazen thieves out there who have not hesitated to go into homes even while people are there."