Police are urging Coorong district residents to bee vigilant after the theft of 18 beehives from Coonalpyn.
A thief or thieves cut a padlock to gain access to a Dukes Highway property five kilometres north of the town, and buzzed off with the hives sometime between last Wednesday, November 29, and this Tuesday morning.
The hives, which were almost full of honey, can be identified by the black stencil markings “BRC” on their sides.
Police said three similar thefts had occurred on the Fleurieu Peninsula this year, but they were unsure if the incidents were con-nectared.
No festive spirit
Even less jolly was the theft of a giant inflatable Father Christmas from the front yard of a home on Silver Birch Drive, Murray Bridge.
Police say Saint Nick was nicked sometime between 3pm and 10.45pm on Saturday, December 2.
Cops seek copper thief
A quantity of copper scrap and four rolls of white Insulex copper tubing were stolen from a shed on Memorial Drive at Tungkillo sometime between 11am on November 28 and 5pm on Friday.
Tools take tools
Police are also investigating a break-in at a home on Magpie Drive, Murray Bridge
A Makita electric sander, a Werner two-step ladder and a Werner three-step ladder were taken sometime between November 17 and November 30.
Police put a more definite time frame on a similar break-in on Alma Avenue, Murray Bridge: between 4am and 6am on Saturday.
Suspects took a Ryobi cordless battery drill, a Makita hand-held electric circular saw and a battery-operated Ryobi angle grinder.
Home unsafe home
Ordinary valuables have also been taken from several homes in Murray Bridge recently.
Two mobile phones, a white Samsung Galaxy S5 and a black Apple iPhone, were taken from a house on Rosella Court between 5 and 5.30am on Friday, December 1.
A brown handbag and its contents disappeared from a house on Owl Drive on the same morning, between 1am and 8am.
Cigarettes were stolen from a unit on Kelly Avenue the following day, December 2, between 3pm and 10.50pm.
Police urged all homeowners to install keyed locks on all doors and windows and lock them when they were outside, even in the garden; to lock gates, garages and sheds when not in use; to keep keys and garage remote controls in a safe place; to trim trees near doors or windows that could be used as hiding places; and to avoid keeping valuables in obvious places, such as bedside cupboards or jewellery boxes.
- Anyone with information about any of the thefts should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.