Police have appealed for the public’s help after a break-in where the perpetrator left dirty clothes in the victim’s dirty clothes basket.
Orana Mid-Western Police District crime coordinator said the bizarre case occurred on the weekend.
“Unknown persons have forced the lock on the rear window,” Sergeant Gibson said.
She said coins were stolen from the home, the computer was unplugged and dirty clothes, not belonging to the victim, were left in the clothes hamper.
Police seized the clothes for forensic examination.
“You’d be surprised what we could get from it,” Sergeant Gibson said.
The Orana Mid-Western Police District currently leads the state for DNA samples taken from property offences.
Sergeant Gibson said their approach was leading to a large number of arrests.
“We are actively targeting our break and enter and property offenders and taking DNA samples from them.
DNA samples can be analysed and matched with a person within a week of collection.
“We take property offences in the district very seriously and are appealing for anyone with any information to contact Dubbo Police or Crime Stoppers,” Sergeant Gibson said.
The incident was among other property offences police responded to on the weekend.
Sergeant Gibson said police were investigating a break and enter at a Sovereign Street home on Sunday when Christmas presents “hauled off in a luggage bag”.
Police also appealed for information about two people captured on CCTV footage attempting to break into a commercial premise on Windsor Parade about 2.40am.
The perpetrators were filmed using a plank of wood and besser block to smash the glass door which triggered the security alarm.
Police urged anyone with information to contact Dubbo Police Station on 6883 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. They reminded the public not to report crime on social media pages.