Neighbours warned to beware pro sneakthief

A PROFESSIONAL thief may be doing the rounds at Maclean, home owners were warned yesterday.

Maclean Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Bob Liddiard, in a monthly report, said two cases indicated a professional could be active in the town.

In Wharf Street, watches and jewellery were stolen from a home.

In Cameron Street, electrical amusement items, a TV, a DVD player and other property was stolen.

Mr Liddiard said that overall there had been a decline in Maclean breaking and enterings.

There were, however, nine cases of stealing from motor vehicles, which indicated motorists were not locking their cars when unattended.

"There has been a noticeable increase in vehicles unlocked in Maclean and owners are reminded where possible to lock the cars and are reminded of the penalty involved," he said.

"There was one case of a car in Short Street having a side window smashed.

"A lap computer and a diary were stolen. The diary, leatherbound, resembled a wallet and was owned by a businessperson, which created a great deal of inconvenience and work to reassemble the information.

"We are continually advising people not to leave valuables on car seats.

"While we are concerned regarding the nature of crime over the past two months, it is a case of don't relax in your efforts to thwart the actions of criminals and it would appear that we have a professional or experienced one in the area again. One pleasing aspect of the report was only one vehicle stolen," he said.

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