There have been more than a dozen reported thefts of garden ornaments and sculptures in the greater Rotorua city area since the beginning of April.
These thefts have occurred in the Pukehangi, Sunnybrook, Glenholme, Fenton Park and Ngongotaha areas, all happening at night.
Some of the items stolen have been of considerable size and weight requiring at least two people to move them.
Among the items taken have been bird baths, statues, large planters and pots, water features, concrete balls, and outdoor furniture.
Due to the size and weight of the stolen property, police believe a light truck or van would have been used to transport them.
The stolen items are of a significant value cumulatively, as well as being of sentimental value to the owners. They have been stolen from those who have taken some pride in wanting to beautify and personalise their properties.
Police are seeking the help of the public to identify those responsible and recover the items.
We would ask the public to be especially vigilant with any commercial type vehicles seen in residential areas at night which may seem out of place.
Similarly, if you have recently been offered property such as this for sale, and you believe the circumstances are suspicious, then please contact police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rotorua Police on (07) 348 0099. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.