Thieves prowl coast

KINGSCLIFF police are searching for a thief or thieves who targeted homes from Casuarina to Pottsville over the weekend.

Money and credit cards were stolen from two houses in Casuarina, one house in Hastings Point and one home in Pottsville.

"The fact they are after items like

credit cards is worrying," Sergeant Mark Garner said.

"One house was entered by the person cutting a fly-screen and manipulating the lock and opening the door."

They were definitely not, he said, opportunistic offences where someone walks past an open door and takes advantage of the situation.

He also said at least one of the people involved was old enough to, or capable of, driving a car.

"We believe they are not children because they would have had to be driving to get between the destinations during 9pm Friday and 6.30am Saturday," he said.

"Almost all of the houses are two-storey, so they (the thieves) have entered the lower level while the residents have been asleep upstairs."

Fingerprints were lifted from the scenes and the police are waiting on analysis of these to assist them in the investigation, Sgt Garner said.

He is appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the areas during Friday night to contact Kingsclif police station on 0266749399 or Tweed police station on 0755360999.

"Maybe someone saw a car or a person or people acting suspiciously and can give us a description," Sgt Garner said.

"However insignificant they think it might be, it could be a big help to us."

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