Lock your doors: Police issue warning as stealing offences spike

Police are calling on residents to keep their doors locked “even if they’re home”, following a spate of stealing offences of a similar nature during the past week.

Motor vehicles are also being targeted by opportunistic thieves, who are lifting easily removable items such as wallets, handbags and backpacks.

During the week to Friday, November 10, Inspector Adam Beard of Cowra Police reported five stealing offences from either a vehicle or premises, as well as one attempted steal from a car.

“In the wake of a number of similar stealing offences that have occurred, police would like to remind the community to lock their doors even if they’re home and inside at the time,” Inspector Adam Beard said.

“We have seen stealing offences occur when premises are still occupied.

“Similarly with motor vehicles. There has been an increase in steal from motor vehicles where offenders have found the opportunity to steal easily removable items.”

Inspector Beard said police are working on a number of leads but are seeking assistance from the public to help identify persons of interest.

  • A male person who was wearing a light grey hooded track suit top at the time of the offence in relation to a stealing at a Logan Street residence about 9pm on November 3. A ladies handbag and contents was stolen.
  • A tall, thin male possibly of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent with dark hair in relation to a steal from motor vehicle on Busby Place about 10.40am on November 4. A ladies wallet and contents was stolen.
  • Two males aged late teens or early 20s in relation to a steal from motor vehicle on Redfern Street about 4.45am on November 6. A backpack was stolen. One male is described as thin, 180cm tall and was wearing all black clothing at the time. The other male had a solid build, 175cm tall and was wearing light coloured pants at the time.
  • A teenage male, 170cm tall, wearing a grey hoodie and riding a silver scooter in relation to an attempted steal from vehicle about 10.45am on November 11 on Smith Street. 

A further two similar offences occurred on Smith Street and Bourke Street where a mobile phone and motorised push bike was stolen.

“We also ask the community to be vigilant. If they see anyone matching these descriptions we have provided, or have any information, they are encouraged to contact police,” Inspector Beard said.