THIEVES have soured Christmas celebrations for some after several break and enters were reported across Tamworth on Christmas Eve.
An elderly woman had her handbag stolen after offenders broke into the Piper Street house through a back door.
The offenders struck between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Christmas Eve, stealing a handbag with cash and other personal items inside.
Earlier that day, residents were home inside their Hamilton Court property when thieves broke in through the backyard and in through the back door shortly before 2pm.
Once inside they stole cash and cigarettes, before the neighbours raised the alarm, hearing suspicious noises.
An optometrist was also hit by thieves on Bridge Street.
Between midnight on Sunday and 11am on Christmas Eve, the offenders forced their way in through both the front and back doors of the business.
It’s still unknown what was stolen but it was a passerby who alerted police after noticing the damaged door, which was left open.
A boat was also reported stolen on December 23 after the owner returned to find it missing from a business in Taminda.
The Haines Hunter runabout boat had been left at the business premises in Barnes Street while the owner was away.
He returned to find the boat missing on Sunday.
Anyone with information on the break-ins or the location of the stolen goods is urged to contact Tamworth police on 6768 2999.
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