POLICE: There's a thief targeting retirees
POLICE are hunting for a thief targeting residents in the RV Homebase in Tinana and surroundings.
Up to $30,000 of jewellery is believed to have been stolen, along with a "large quantity" of money in a series of break and enters that started in February.
Seven break-ins have been reported just in the RV Homebase in that period.
He has also been caught on camera lurking at homes outside the gated community.
Maryborough Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tony Cole said police believed a male teen was responsible and were working to track him down.
"They're forcing their way in usually through open windows fitted with flyscreens," Snr Sgt Cole said.
"We've also had a series of break-ins along Gympie Rd, Tinana.
"There is an active offender, or offenders, in that area.
"We are are working with our intelligence unit to try and identify who these offenders may be."
The gated nature of the lifestyle village has not deterred the offenders, who are taking advantage of retirees feeling safe and secure in the complex.
The break-ins have been happening predominantly at night.
Despite about half of the residents at the RV Homebase being on the road at any one time, it is those who are home who have been falling victim to the thief.
Since being alerted to the offences, police have increased patrols in the area.
Snr Sgt Cole urges everyone to ensure their houses are secured and doors are locked.
He sent this message to the RV Homebase residents and reminded them that just because they lived in a gated community, it did not mean they were immune to thieves.
"Right across the Fraser Coast, we're asking home owners and property owners to secure their premises," he said.
"You can't leave your doors and windows open at home, even if you are home."
Anyone with information is encouraged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.