Police at the Bangalow Newsagency where a man wielding a machete demanded money on Monday.
Police at the Bangalow Newsagency where a man wielding a machete demanded money on Monday.

Kyogle break-ins arrest expected

KYOGLE police are on top of the recent spate of burglaries in the town and report an arrest is imminent.

Police hope to make an arrest over the five break-ins that occurred on November 26.

The burglaries areunderstood to have been committed by the same suspect.

In a separate incident at the Kyogle Pharmacy on November 25, thieves cut external communication cables in an attempt to disable the security system. Although unrelated to the earlier break-ins, police said this investigation was also progressing well.

Most of the break-ins are thought to have been committed by Queensland offenders who were passing through and have since left town. Police are currently executing search warrants and awaiting results from forensic examinations.

Richmond Local Area Command crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Michael Hogan, said police had very strong leads and thanked the public for their assistance.

“The quality of information from the community has been excellent and we thank everyone for their assistance, but we still encourage people with any information to come forward,” he said.

Snr Const Hogan said the pharmacy incident was more sophisticated than what police usually encountered, but did not consider it a trend in local crime statistics.

“Business owners really need to look at their security systems and bring them into the 21st Century,” he said.

“They should be looking at alarms, locks, security doors and windows, and safe cash storage. We call it ‘target hardening’.

“We actually don’t see a lot of aggravated break and enters in the region and strong anti-theftdeterrents will make the thief move on until they find an easier target where the risk is less.”

Snr Const Hogan said few crimes in the region were thought to be planned and most were considered opportunistic.

“As we say, thieves go on holidays too. Whether they’re travelling up the Pacific Highway or the Summerland Way, if they see an easy opportunity they will take it,” he said.

Byron Bay police Inspector Shane Diehm agreed, citing the recent break-ins at Bangalow.

“Some thieves will target smaller towns with potentially softer security systems,” he said. “We would always like to see improved security and we ask residents to always report suspicious activity.”



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