Appeal for help to catch thieves

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More Dargaville businesses have been broken into with police making an appeal for help to catch the thieves.

Six Dargaville businesses were broken into between Friday night and Saturday morning, after a similar series of burglaries in the town on June 29-30.

Police yesterday put out a call for help from the public and said it was highly likely that the same people were responsible for all the burglaries.

In the latest burglaries - believed to have happened late on Friday and in the early hours of Saturday morning - Dargaville Bowls Club, Kauri Coast Launderette, B Arch Wear, McKay Industries, Fish Factory Youth Centre and Greenways Trust were all broken into.

In most of the cases, cash was stolen while a computer was also smashed at the Greenways Trust.

Police are building a timeline of when exactly the offending took place.

"I want to reassure the community that we are treating these as a priority case and we are putting every available resource into identifying who is responsible," said Senior Sergeant Rob Huys, of Dargaville police.

"This is deplorable and law-abiding people who are simply trying to make a living and a difference to Dargaville have been hit here.

"The local bowls club was due to have a tournament the following day, and because of this they had to cancel.

"The Greenways Trust and Fish Factory Youth Centre are all about helping people - and here we have someone breaking in, taking money and smashing a computer."

Police have conducted forensic scene examinations.

Information can be given to Dargaville police on (09) 439 3400 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- Northern Advocate

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