POLICE are questioning a man and a youth, after 14 cars were broken into and burgled in Launceston on Thursday night.
Launceston detectives say the vehicles were all from the Newstead, East Launceston and the Launceston Central Business District areas.
‘‘The offenders have damaged the vehicles, breaking windows and slashing soft tops,’’ Detective Sergeant Joe Riley said.
‘‘In some cases, cars have sustained thousands of dollars of damage, for the offenders to steal a few dollars in change.’’
Police have recovered property from many of the burglaries including handbags and wallets, cash, CDs, clothing and laptops.
Some of the recovered property has not yet been identified, police said.
The crime spree follows a horror year for property thefts and burglaries in the North.
During the 2014-15 financial year there were 574 car burglary offences in Northern Tasmania – up 174 incidents from the year before.
Despite constant reminders from police about the need to keep cars locked overnight, Tasmania Police’s Performance Report for August shows there were still 100 car burglaries in Launceston between January and August this year.
Police have again urged residents not to leave valuable items and loose change visible in their vehicles.
Anyone with information about the car burglaries, or anyone who has had their vehicle broken into and has not yet reported it is encouraged to contact Tasmania Police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.
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