Police probe Katanning burglary spree

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A string of burglaries in Katanning has prompted police to ask the community to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour, no matter how insignificant it might seem.

The Katanning Croquet Club on Piesse Street was the most recent target in the crime spree, with the burglary believed to have occurred last Thursday night or Friday morning.

Katanning police are also investigating a burglary at the town’s bowling club last Wednesday.

There was a third break-in at Braeside Primary School, also believed to have occurred last Wednesday, when computer equipment was stolen.

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Officer in charge Sen. Sgt Roy George said the thieves had targeted vacant buildings. “Those places are not attended all the time so there is an easy opportunity for people to break into those places and the offence goes undetected for a period of time,” he said.

“Fortunately those organisations have taken anything out of value, so when people break in there they don’t generally find anything of great value.”

Sen. Sgt George said police believed the break-ins occurred during the night.

“If anyone wakes up and sees anything suspicious, give us a call,” he said.

“People need to remain vigilant and make sure that their houses are locked when they go away or downtown because a lot of our crimes are crimes of opportunity.

“There is nothing to say that the events are not connected — there is a high possibility because of their proximity that they may be.”

Residents are encouraged to mark their property and record serial numbers for tracking purposes should they be stolen.

Katanning police stock free UV pens with which to mark property.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au.

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