Police warn about theft of valuables from cars

Wollongong police have warned residents to lock their vehicles at night after a man was charged with using credit cards he allegedly stole from cars.

On Friday the 29-year-old was refused bail in Wollongong Local Court. Police said they stopped the man on Pioneer Road at Towradgi at 12.30pm on Thursday and found several credit cards allegedly stolen from cars in the Russell Vale area.

Officers said they also found housebreaking implements and a small amount of cannabis.

Wollongong police inspector Darren Brown urged residents to lock their vehicles and park in a secure place.

‘‘Make sure your car is secure and don’t leave it unlocked and don’t leave valuables in the vehicle,’’ Insp Brown said.

He said there were numerous reports of items being taken from cars around Wollongong.

‘‘We’ve had reports of incidents around the command, it’s something we get regularly,’’ he said.

Wollongong police established Strike Force Jawfish this month to investigate  credit card thefts from cars and fraud offences.