Spike in local thefts continues

Police attended the scene of two burglaries in one morning last week, which have followed a small ‘‘spike’’ of thefts within the district over the past few weeks.

Johnstone Electrical, in Clyde St, Balclutha, and the Clinton Golf Club in Merrie Creek Rd, Clinton, reported Wednesday night break-ins.Police attended on Thursday morning.

Sergeant Sam Morris, of Balclutha, confirmed cash, phones, tablets and possibly other items were stolen from the business, after a glass panel on the front entrance door of the building was smashed in. Sgt Morris also confirmed cash was stolen from the Clinton Golf Club building.

He said suspects had likely been caught on CCTV footage and police were continuing to track the offenders.

Sgt Morris said inquiries were ongoing and he encouraged the public to come forward with any relevant information.

Police also conducted a search warrant in the hunt for items stolen from a workplace in Balclutha last Wednesday night. Inquiries are continuing.

Police also recently attended the scene of a rural burglary in the Catlins area.

During the early hours of May 9, police attended a vehicle rollover on Lakeside Rd in Kaitangata.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was found to have a breath-alcohol level of 868mcg.

The incident was one of several such incidents police have dealt with in recent weeks in the district.

Police had also noticed a spike in unlawful hunting, and have been carrying out patrols in recent weeks.