POLICE in Portland and Warrnambool are investigating a series of thefts from cars.
Warrnambool police Acting Sergeant Troy Wearne said items were stolen from utes and garages in the Moore Street and north Warrnambool area.
He said the thefts during the past week seemed to target utes with hard-top canopies and tool boxes.
The thefts occurred in Moore Street, Evelyn Crescent and Olivia Davis Court. Tools were the only items stolen.
Acting Sergeant Wearne said police also attended a single-vehicle accident on Warrnambool’s eastern edge early yesterday morning.
He said it was believed fatigue was a factor in the accident on Rowans Lane, where a car collided with a tree just after 4am.
“One male aged in his 30s was taken to the Warrnambool hospital for assessment,” he said.
“Police have seized a number of items of interest from the car.”
In Portland, Acting Sergeant Darren Hannegraf said $80 cash was taken from a wallet in a car in Wando Court during the day on Friday. At 7.10am on Saturday a man was interrupted trying to steal from an unlocked car in Balmoral Street.
“The offender was a male wearing a black hoodie and grey tracksuit pants,” Acting Sergeant Hannegraf said.
“At 10.45am, an offender matching the same description stole a key from an unlocked car at the Portland football club in Henty Street.
“At 4.40pm two portholes valued at $600 were stolen from Childers Street. Then on Sunday an iPad valued at $500 was stolen from another unlocked car.”