Busy thieves target homes

POLICE are warning residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour following a spate of break and enters in Emerald recently.

On Monday four houses on Wilby Pl, Pill St and Martin Pl were either attempted or broken into in daylight.

Police are looking for two male suspects about 17 - 20 years old. Both had dark hair and were wearing board shorts at the time.

"This time of the year a lot of houses are vacant, we need all residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour around houses or cars without hesitation," Sergeant Terry McCullough said.

Detectives are also investigating the theft of more than $40,000 from Blackwater's Capricorn Hotel between midnight on Sunday and 7.30am Monday.

The money, mostly $20 notes, was taken from the hotel safe. Police are appealing for any information from the public.

"We are running out several lines of inquiry at the moment," Blackwater officer-in-charge Sergeant Chris Clague said.

"However we are asking the public to come forward if they know of anyone that has suddenly come into a large sum of money or if they know of someone who is normally strapped for cash to suddenly have access to money at a whim."

Members of the public can call the station anonymously or they can call Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) at any time.

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