PORTLAND police have turned to the public for help after a spree of burglaries and thefts from vehicles.
The town of Nelson on the Glenelg River was particularly hit hard overnight Wednesday with one attempted burglary and up to eight thefts from cars reported.
One vehicle in a secluded car park at Simpsons Landing had a window smashed between 6pm Wednesday and 8.30am Thursday and binoculars and electric fence parts stolen.
A wallet and cash was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in Nelson between 10pm Wednesday and 4pm Thursday.
A would-be thief was interrupted during an attempted theft at a Kellet Street home in Nelson. Police said a resident arrived home at 3am Thursday and disturbed a man in the carport. The offender fled in a white or silver Holden Commodore.
There was also an attempted burglary in the town between 9am and 3pm Wednesday. Offenders tried to gain entry to a home through a window but failed.
Portland police also reported a break-in at the old Salvation Army house on Henty Street, Portland, late Thursday afternoon.
A $1200 laptop computer, bourbon pre-mix cans, tobacco, cigarettes and a work bag with an estimated total value of $1500 were stolen after 5pm. Police attended at 6pm and were told by witnesses that a man and woman had entered through a rear door.
The woman was described as 168cm tall, 25-30 years old with short, straight, sandy blonde hair.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Constable Timothy Chester at the Portland police station on 5523 1999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.