Police are investigating the possibility three break-ins reported in Deniliquin overnight Tuesday are connected.
Two businesses in north Deniliquin were broken into late on Tuesday night, a few hours after the break-in of another business’s storage shed in End St, Deniliquin.
Deniliquin Police Inspector Jy Brown said it is believed there was more than one offender involved, with suspicions at least one person had been waiting in a running car outside.
At one of the Deniliquin businesses, an intruder was interrupted by the business owners about 10pm. One tried to give chase.
‘‘A man was caught near the fence of the business, but jumped it and ran toward Finley Rd,’’ Insp Brown said.
‘‘A witness attempted to give chase, but was unable to find the offender.
‘‘A significant number of items were taken from this business, including Fox jerseys, motorcycle gloves, a Fox helmet, pants and a Honda gear bag.
‘‘We ask that if anyone has knowledge of anyone trying to sell these items, they should contact Deniliquin Police on 58819499 or CrimeStoppers on 1300333000.’’
Insp Brown said the witnesses described the man as a Caucasian male, about 165cm to 170cm tall and unshaven.
He was described as wearing grey or black tracksuit pants and a black hoodie with a distinctive white emblem, and may have also been wearing a beanie.
The business owners were alerted to the break-in by a security company, after their alarm sounded twice in one night.
Insp Brown said it does not appear anything was stolen at the other two businesses, but he said it looks as if the offenders were disturbed at the End St business.
‘‘It appears unknown offenders have gained access to the business between 2.30pm and 6pm on Tuesday.
‘‘They appear to have collected a number of power tools and were planning to load them into a waiting car when they were disturbed or spooked, meaning they ended up leaving with nothing.’’
At a Davidson St business, entry was gained by removing the glass from a rear window between 5pm and 9pm Tuesday.
At this stage, police do not believe anything was taken from inside.
Anyone with information about any of the break-ins is asked to call police or CrimeStoppers.