Spate of break-ins hits town

POLICE are urging residents to be on high alert and report suspicious activity following a number of break and enters in Blackwater.

The Uniting Church on Coolabah St was broken into at the weekend and was the latest in a string of break-ins police said began about May 20.

The intruders targeted cash and easily transportable items when three Blackwater schools, two businesses and the church were reportedly broken into.

Officer-in-charge Sergeant Chris Clague said police suspected it was the same offenders targeting the businesses and appealed for anyone with information to contact the Blackwater station or phone Crime Stoppers.

"Investigations are ongoing and residents are warned to be extra vigilant in securing their possessions and to keep an eye out at businesses and schools when in the area," Sgt Clague said.

Some time between the afternoon of May 20 and early morning on May 23, a Karri St business office door was forced open and the intruders ransacked the cupboards and draws.

No money was kept at the premises and the thieves left empty handed.

An Elm St business storeroom was broken into by removing a window frame from the outside.

An unknown sum of money was taken and the intruders replaced the window frame behind them in what was apparently an attempt to hide the crime.

The Blackwater State High School was also broken into through the roller door which was jemmied open far enough for a person to fit through, police said.

Although a cash drawer was forced open, no money was kept on the premises but police located two metal pipes and two bikes at the scene.

Chocolate milk, snack foods and an unknown sum of money was taken from the Blackwater State School tuckshop when intruders broke in through the building’s rear door.

When the intruders failed to break in to the Blackwater North State School tuckshop and deputy principal’s office, they allegedly resorted to destroying the snake bite emergency kit kept on a pole outside a classroom.

They then forced their way into the administration building and stole a money till before they pried open the double glass doors at the school hall.

Once inside, the intruders broke into the kitchen but no damage or stolen property was reported to police.

Scenes of crime officers attended each scene and said investigations were ongoing and would continue until the offenders were caught.

Sgt Clague said residents should take steps to keep their property safe and secure from these types of offences. 

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