THE Glenelg Shire offices at Heywood and the Bridgewater café have broken into for the third time this month.
Detective Senior Constable Perry Lattin, of the Portland police crime investigation unit, said a series of burglaries around the Portland district during the past couple of weeks were believed to be linked and committed by offenders known to each other.
He said the spate began at the start of February when the Heywood pool and the Glenelg offices at Heywood were broken into. A council Holden station wagon was stolen but located a short distance away.
The Bridgewater café and a commercial premises at Cashmore Road were also burgled the same night.
On February 11 the pool and council offices at Heywood were again targeted with a white Tritan ute stolen. A push-car was taken from the speedway and later recovered on the Portland-Nelson Road.
Last Thursday the Bridgewater café was broken into again as well as a nursery on Learmonth Street. Overnight on Saturday a milk bar on Coleraine’s White Street was also burgled and the cash register and a small amount of cash stolen. The cash register has been recovered.
The Western District Health offices at Merino were broken into and a set of keys for a white 2008 Holden Commodore station wagon stolen.
The vehicle, with the registration number WOX-078, was still missing late yesterday. Also on Saturday night the Heywood council offices were again broken into, although nothing was taken.
“The council offices and the café have been the subjects of break-ins three times during this month,” Detective Senior Constable Lattin said.
“We have suspects in mind and believe the offenders are known to each other. We are appealing for anyone with information about this series of offences to contact the Portland police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”