Thieves target garden ornaments
AN elegant woman cradling a basket of grapes, children sitting on a bench and now the thief with a fascination with garden ornaments has diversified into shrubbery with a total of seven Warwick gardens targeted in two weeks.
A Warwick Police spokeswoman said more than $1600 worth of novelty concrete creations had been taken from homes across the Rose City.
“Boronia Drive had one plant potted in a ceramic pot taken; Evenden Street had three red potted plants removed; Meneely Street had two statues; Homestead Road had three ornaments taken and Rowland Street had four statues stolen,” the spokeswoman said.
The thief’s cache of garden goodies did not discriminate with sticky fingers taking items that included a tin lady pushing a wheelbarrow, Mexican stone statue, a wagon wheel and the figure of an angel balancing a vase above her head.
These five thefts are in addition to the three statues, which weighed about 60 to 70kg, from two Warwick homes reported by the Daily News last week.
The spokeswoman said the ornaments were taken from front gardens and all the properties did not have a front fence marking the boundary of their property.
“These are similar offences so people need to be aware garden ornaments are being targeted so if you can mark your ornament so if it’s located you know for sure it’s yours,” the spokeswoman said.
In other crime news, two Warwick businesses were broken into during Tuesday night and police urge businesses to keep abreast of their premises’ security.
A Warwick Police spokesman said entry into a Wallace Street business was gained through a window and “a moderate amount of cash”, a laptop and mobile phone were taken. The second business was located at Rosenthal Road and a cash tin, EFTPOS machine and several mobile phones were taken.
- If you notice something or someone out of the ordinary
- Take down a description of the car, number plate, time and what the person looks like
- Lock windows and doors, even if briefly leaving home
- Make friends with your neighbours
- Contact Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.