The Police Station will be holding a different kind of garage sale next month when victims of local break and enters or thefts are encouraged to visit the station and claim their belongings.
People who have had items stolen from them are encouraged to attend the Narromine Police Station at 10am on Saturday, April 8 for the “open day” and help identify property and return it to its rightful home.
Sergeant Robert Bevern at Narromine Police station said seven successful search warrants throughout the Shire have seen over 1000 stolen items seized.
“We’ve yielded over 1000 items the police believe to be stolen and we’ve finished using them as evidence so we want to locate the owners and return the property,” he said.
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Sergeant Bevern said the police officers have been able to return about half the items to their owners through examination of police reports.
“We’ve tracked down some people ourselves, but we’re finding that some people didn’t report the thefts so we can’t trace it back to them,” he said.
The Narromine Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) was one group who benefited from the successful Narromine raids.
VRA President Graham Milgate said the group was delighted when they were informed some stolen equipment had been recovered.
“We had 10 camper stretchers stolen around October or November last year. They were brand new, we hadn’t even used them yet,” he said.
“Then Rob called us and told us they’d found them. They did a top job, we really didn’t think we’d ever seem again.”
Along with the VRA, the Generosity Church, Narromine Public School and a local business have also had retrieved belongings lost during thefts and break and enter incidents.
Sergeant Bevern said a lot of the items recovered were recognisable. He asked that people brought down photographs or serial numbers of their items to claim them back.
“There’s tools, antiques, outdoor gardening tools, mowers, construction tools, power tools and home entertainment,” he said.
The did a top job, we really didn’t think we’d ever seem again,Graham Milgate, VRA President
The Narromine Duty Officer said anything not claimed will end up at Police Auctions.
“The stuff is recognisable, so we’re going to try and get people to come down and claim it.”
The Narromine Police Station Open Day will take place from 10am on Saturday, April 8 at the Burraway Street station.