Portland thieves strike again

A CRIME spree in Portland has continued after more businesses were broken into, police said yesterday.

Burglars stole a computer and projector worth $2200 after they broke into the Journey Management Group through a window.

The burglary happened between 4.15pm Thursday and 7am yesterday.

A second Kunara Crescent business was targeted at the same time when thieves broke into Downer Engineering and stole powertools from the back of a ute. 

Cigarettes worth $320 were taken during a break-in at the Browning Street fish and chip shop. The thieves manipulated a rear sensor light before smashing a glass panel at the front of the shop. They then went to a rear room, switched off the security camera system and stole the hard drive. 

Trident Tyre Centre in Kalina Court was also broken into at 3.20am yesterday.

The offenders first tried to gain entry through the front door before eventually getting in via a front window.

The office area was ransacked but police don’t believe anything was stolen. 

Detective Sergeant Steve Brown, of the Portland police crime investigation unit, said there had been a number of burglaries, attempted break-ins and thefts committed in Portland this week.

Overnight Wednesday there was an attempted burglary at Portland Bus Lines in Garden Street. Fuses from a fuse box and fly wire screens were missing but no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

The crimes follow similar offences at businesses on the Portland-Nelson Road earlier in the week.

A stolen Hiace van stolen from Mount Gambier was recovered at Mumbannar yesterday. Its windows were smashed, causing about $600 damage.

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