Thieves toil for nothing

POLICE are pondering the logic of thieves who went to great lengths to break into a Coffs Harbour business but apparently fled empty-handed.

The miscalculated crime saw the offenders break into a tile warehouse on Orlando Street.

The break-in is thought to have occurred sometime between 5pm on Wednesday and 7am yesterday.

Investigations found they gained entry to the business premises by forcing a roller door.

Police said once inside they kicked in a locked office door, ransacking cupboards and drawers.

After spending some time in the premises the offenders fled the scene.

The break-in was discovered by staff as they arrived at work early yesterday.

The scene was dusted for fingerprints and surprisingly officers were told by management that nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Police have issued a call to passing motorists who might have seen anyone acting suspiciously in Orlando Street to come forward with information.

Anonymous information can be provided to Coffs Harbour police via Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000.

NSW Police deployed to New Zealand following the earthquake disaster have been involved in a number of arrests overnight. A team of 122 NSW police officers were sent to Christchurch last week to provide assistance with general duties policing and undertake proactive patrols of the earthquake-affected zones.

The officers were sworn in as special constables to assist in maintaining community safety as part of Operation Monro.

The officers were partnered up with fellow New Zealand police arresting 16 people for a range of offences including domestic assault, drug offences, traffic-related offences and burglary.

Those arrested were: four people charged with drink-driving, four people charged with driving whilst disqualified, two people charged with breach of bail, two people charged with possession of a prohibited drug, two people charged for burglary, one person charged with custody of a knife in a public place and one person charged with a domestic-violence related assault.

Police also issued a total of 27 infringement notices for a number of traffic-related offences.

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