Holdens prove to be quick off the mark
By ADAM HICKS
HOLD on to your Holden, a bunch has been stolen.
Police are urging car owners to secure their vehicles after nine cars were broken into and/or stolen on Saturday night and Sunday morning in Alstonville and Lismore.
Eight of the cars were Holden Commodores. Seven of those were VN models, built between 1989 and 1991.
Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Anne Langford, said police were investigating links between the robberies.
Five were hit in Alstonville ? two in Tanamera Drive and one in Coral Street, Cooke Avenue and Alston Avenue.
Cars were stolen in Lismore and Goonellabah from Oliver Avenue, Regency Crescent and Keen Street.
"Police are following several strong leads in relation to the stolen vehicles," she said.
Three of the cars were found at Meerschaum Vale.
A fourth car was found 60 metres from its owner's home, abandoned after thieves took a digital camera and stereo.
Another car was abandoned on the owner's front lawn, because thieves couldn't get traction on the wet grass.
The odd one out was a green Daewoo, stolen from Oliver Avenue. However, a police spokesman said it was stolen in a similar fashion to the Holdens.
Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, said the cars were targeted by petty thieves and joy riders.
"There is no evidence to indicate the cars were stolen for any commercial reason," he said.
"We urge the public to contact their local police station if they see people acting suspiciously around cars.
"Also, take care to ensure you lock up your car and don't leave valuables in it."
Contact Lismore police on 66231599 and Alstonville police on 66280244.