Thieves have broken into a Terang home through a roof and plaster to steal jewellery and banknotes valued at about $20,000.
Detective Senior Constable Derek Verity, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the burglary was unusual as the offenders removed tiles from the roof and then broke through plaster to access the home.
They then stole jewellery, including necklaces and rings, from a safe.
"They have also stolen vintage Australian banknotes and two pocket watches," he said.
"The burglary happened between 7pm and 10pm on Wednesday when the female resident was away from her home in Terang's Hampden Street," he said.
"The banknotes included 30 one dollar notes, five two dollar notes and one 10 shilling note."
Detective Senior Constable Verity said the break-in was not believed to be related to a spate of recent thefts from farms and sheds in the Ecklin district.
"This is completely different," he said.
"We are requesting that anyone who saw anything suspicious in Hampden Street on Wednesday evening, or who has information about the burglary, to contact the Warrnambool CIU on 5560 11 53 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," he said.
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