$1260 worth of power drills stolen during theft spree

Stawell police are investigating a spate of burglaries in the Wimmera and Holt Street vicinity after power tools totaling more than $1000 in value were stolen from two parked vehicles.

Thieves took advantage of an unlocked van parked in the front yard of a Wimmera Street property and removed a power drill set and an angle grinder between 7pm on Thursday, November 9 and 9.30am the next morning. 

Both items altogether were valued at $760.

Police believe the same thieves are also responsible for the theft of a power drill set which was stolen from beneath the tarp of a parked ute on Holt Street, near Skene Street.

Sergeant Bryan Anderson said the second incident also happened on Thursday night, between 8.30pm and 7.30am the following morning. 

Sergeant Anderson also said it appeared the thefts were related.

“Both were in the same vicinity from both unlocked vehicles and with similar equipment taken,” he said. 

“We remind residents to remove all belongings from your vehicle where possible and if it can’t be removed then ensure your vehicles are locked.”

Residents also took to social media to voice their concerns about suspicious behaviour in the town at the weekend. 

A Stawell resident posted to Facebook warning residents to lock their doors after “a couple” of attempted house burglaries in Oliver Avenue and Wimmera Street.

Another resident also posted about a man who was spotted looking over their fence and then knocked at their door asking about a lost dog.

Sergeant Anderson said Stawell police had not yet received any complaints about the attempted house thefts. 

If you or anybody you know have information you should contact Stawell police on 5358 8222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.