EDITORIAL:It could have been worse
A BONEGILLA woman has been left with burns to her hands after handling a homemade explosive device left in her letterbox.
Police are still investigating after the woman found the device — made from a plastic bottle filled with chemicals — in the letterbox of the her Mahers Road home.
She found the device about 4.15pm on Friday.
Police said it was not known how long it had been there.
When she picked it up to see what it was, it exploded, leaving her with minor burns.
Detective Leading Sen-Constable Brendan Roche called for anyone with information that could help investigations to contact police.
“She did not sustain any serious injuries but she was clearly quite shaken,” he said.
“Obviously the consequences of this could have been much worse.”
Sen-Constable Roche said at this stage, it did not appear the woman had been deliberately targeted and the incident was likely a “one-off”.
Meanwhile at Rutherglen, police are investigating a series of burglaries in the town’s centre.
There were reports of three break-ins and an attempted break-in between 3.30am and 5am on Friday, in Main Street.
A real estate office, Gilman Real Estate, was robbed and a small amount of cash was stolen. The Australia Post office building was also raided.
Police had not established whether anything had been stolen from the building.
Thieves broke into a car left in the Foodworks supermarket car park and some personal belongings were taken.
And they tried to break into a third business, The Emporium, but were unsuccessful.
Detective Leading Sen-Constable Roche said it appeared all four break-ins were committed by the same people.
If you have any information that could assist police on any of the matters, call Wodonga police on (02) 6049 2600.