Thief strikes as resident sleeps

A HERVEY Bay resident was fast asleep when an intruder broke in and stole several items on Sunday night.

Police said that at about 10.30pm the offender entered through an unlocked door at the rear of the Gilston Street house at Wondunna.

The thief rummaged through the kitchen and several drawers in a bedroom before leaving with a small amount of property.

A spate of car break-ins in Wondunna that same night has police concerned about the number of people leaving their vehicles unlocked.

A man and woman living on Gilston Street had both their cars broken into and a DVD player stolen.

Police said both vehicles were unlocked.

Two Elanora Court residents also had property stolen from unlocked vehicles.

A wallet was taken from one car after the offender rummaged through the glove box and centre console between 7.30pm Sunday and 6am yesterday.

The wallet was found about 50m away, in a nearby street, with a driver licence and $10 missing.

During a similar timeframe, a car at the house next door was entered and unknown property was taken from the centre console.

Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said it was vital for people to secure their belongings.

He said the offenders had obviously taken advantage of the lack of security, as all the cars targeted and the house had been left unlocked.

“Residents are encouraged to be vigilant regarding their homes and property security, while locking homes and vehicles to deter opportunistic crimes,” Snr Const. Bleakley said.

“If resident have any information that can assist police they can contact Hervey Bay police on 4128 5333 or if they want to remain anonymous Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

He also urged other residents in the area to report break-ins to police, even if no property was stolen.

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