Locals warned to lock up homes

WOOLGOOLGA residents should lock up their properties at night after a spate of opportunistic break-ins in the town this week.

Four homes and a retirement village have been hit by a burglar.

A resident of the retirement home has given police a description of a man seen acting suspiciously in High Street but police warn the offender could strike again.

Coffs Clarence Duty Officer Inspector Chris Clarke said police had reason to suspect he acted alone, targeting homes in Ryan Crescent and High, Carrington and Ocean streets.

Mr Clarke said the man was seen inside the retirement village at 2.10am yesterday where food and electrical items were stolen.

“He was wearing a hooded jumper and was described as being of thin build,” Mr Clarke said.

“These were clearly offences of opportunity where the offender gained access through unlocked points of entry.

“Given the number of break and enters in the area we are asking residents in the Woolgoolga community to be more vigilant in locking their homes.”

A home was broken into in Ocean Street sometime between 10.30pm on Monday and 5am yesterday. The owners reported a laptop computer was stolen.

In nearby Carrington Street, the thief entered an unlocked door to steal electrical equipment between 11pm Monday and 5am yesterday.

Meanwhile, a resident in Ryan Crescent called police at 8.30am to report a break-in.

“Given the success of this spate of break and enters we have reason to suspect he may be up to no good again in the near future,” Mr Clarke said.

Residents who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the town should call the Woolgoolga Police Station on 6654 1244 or Coffs Harbour police on 66 520299.

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