Crime spree on the Northern Beaches
SCHOOLS on the Northern Beaches are counting the cost of a crime spree, where gardening gear and power tools were stolen this week.
Police have investigated three break and enters, which are believed to be linked, at Woolgoolga’s St Francis Xavier Primary School, Woolgoolga High School and Sandy Beach Public School.
Thieves forced a padlock on a shipping container stored in the grounds of Sandy Beach Public, making away with a quantity of power tools.
The break-in is believed to have occurred sometime on Monday night or early this morning.
The theft was discovered by school staff about 6.20am.
At Woolgoolga High School, the offenders forced entry to a garden shed after cutting a padlock.
Once inside they stole a hedge trimmer, a blower vac and petrol cans.
Staff reported the incident to police at 8am.
Police say the three break and enters are believed to have been committed by the same offenders.
They also left their mark at St Francis Xavier, where they damaged doors.
It’s believed the offenders tried to break into the school’s canteen and a disabled toilet but were unsuccessful.
Police have urged anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in or around the school grounds to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.