THIEVES have been targeting the Smythesdale area, with $15,000 worth of goods stolen from one property on Sunday, according to police.
Smythesdale police Senior Constable Craig Grenfell said three properties had been affected in the area.
He said $15,000 worth of goods, including computer equipment and jewellery, were stolen from a Browns Road home on Sunday.
The home’s owners were out walking their dog mid-afternoon when unknown offenders smashed a kitchen window to gain entry to the property, he said.
Once inside, they stole the items.
In another incident on Sunday night, police said offenders used bolt cutters to gain entry to a shipping container on a Spratlings Road property at Ross Creek.
Police said gates to the property remained locked, so the offenders must have reached the container on foot.
Several items worth $2500 were stolen from the container, including a chainsaw, axe, wire
strainers and other tools.
Police said thieves stole 36 sheets of corrugated iron, which had been delivered to a house on the Snake Valley-Smythesdale Road on Monday night.
The iron, which was to be used in the construction of a shed, had been delivered to a nature strip outside the buyer’s home.
The owner had put a note on the pile of iron sheets in case people believed them to be dumped and unwanted.
Police are calling for information on the three incidents.
Anyone with information on the thefts and burglaries, or anyone who may have witnessed the crimes, is urged to call Smythesdale police on 53248524 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.