Burglars force 44 padlocks

BURGLARS who broke into 44 individual self-storage units in Wodonga on the long weekend were on the hunt for something specific, police believe.

Yesterday police revealed two separate storage facilities had been broken into — one in Mint Street and another in Footmark Court — sometime between Friday night and Monday.

Detective Sgt Graeme Simpfendorfer said 19 units at Mint Street were hit, along with 25 at Footmark Court, but officers were still working to discover exactly what had been stolen.

“Each one is leased (to different people) so everyone’s been a victim,” he said.

“There’s a large amount of work to be done, and we’re still trying to ascertain what, if anything, has been stolen.

“We’re treating the matters as linked at this stage.”

Det Sgt Simpfendorfer said each unit was broken into in a similar way, with the padlock forced open.

It was too early to say exactly what had been taken, save for some electrical appliances and wheels from cars, but police believe the break-ins were targeted.

“Traditionally with these types of crimes they’re looking for something in particular they believe may be housed in these units,” Det Sgt Simpfendorfer said.

“Then again, it might be completely random and they’re just looking for a quick get with multiple victims in one hit.

“But at this stage we’re leaning toward there’s something of interest they wanted.

Another break-in occurred at a third storage facility in Kane Road a few weeks ago, though it is understood just one unit was targeted there.

“We’ve seen in the past a lot of chatter over social media,” the officer said.

“But we still need people to pick up the phone to Crime Stoppers or contact Victoria Police through our own Facebook pages, and let us know what the talk is out there.”

Anyone with information about the incidents can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Wodonga detectives on (02) 6049 2700.

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