Stevenson Court was targeted on the weekend by brazen burglars who ransacked one home and broke into another while the occupants slept in a nearby bedroom.FIONA BLICK April 15, 2014 4:08pm
It is believed the burglary spree began in the early hours of last Sunday when thieves broke into the first Yarrawonga residence, which was not occupied, via a back door.
“The thieves used an unknown object to force the door open and then proceeded to go through each room of the house searching for valuable items,” Dect Snr Cst Justin Shulze from Cobram CIU told the Chronicle.
“A number of electrical items valued in the thousands of dollars, including a television, stereo and vacuum cleaner, were taken.
“The thieves appeared to be in the premises for quite a period of time; they also searched through the garage.”
Dect Snr Cst Shulze said some ornaments and a painting were also stolen from the home.
“This is a little bit unusual,” he said.
“Due to the quantity of items taken I believe a vehicle would have been used.”
It is thought a large amount of clothing was also stolen from the home, in particular, women’s clothing.
The evening then took a sinister turn when the perpetrators broke into a second home, which was occupied.
“The thieves targeted another house in Stevenson Court where they forced their way in through the laundry door.”
The owners of this house were asleep and were woken when the thieves broken through the door.
“One of the victims called out to let the burglars know there were people in the house and her husband immediately called the police,” Dect Snr Cst Shulze said.
“The offenders continued walking through the house but exited shortly after through a sliding door.
“Nothing was stolen from this property.”
He said it was a concern when people were at home during a burglary or home invasion.
“There is always the potential for confrontation however the owners of this property did the right thing by staying away from the thieves and calling out to the offenders so they knew there were people in the house,” Dect Snr Cst Shulze said.
“Forensic officers have dusted for prints and processed the scene of the two burglaries.
“Investigations are ongoing.”
Anyone with information on these burglaries or anyone who has seen strangers or unknown vehicles in the area around the time of the break ins are urged to contact the Yarrawonga Police on 57443641, Cobram CIU on 58712866 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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