An 11-year-old girl is being hunted by police in connection to a string of burglaries in Invercargill.

Police said they were investigating "a large number" of daylight burglaries in the south Invercargill area.

The majority of the thefts have come back to a youngster identified as an 11-year-old girl who approaches homeowners with a fabricated story to get inside their homes.

The items she is accused of taking and believed to be targeting are jewellery, wallets and cellphones.

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Police said she is also known to be walking into unlocked houses and taking items -- while people are at home.

"Police remind the public to ensure that their homes and vehicles are secured at all times."

*Anyone with info can contact Invercargill Police: (03) 211 0400, CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or 111.