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AN offender went to great lengths to burgle a house in Woodbine Gr, Chelsea, which is empty after being sold and with the new owners yet to move in.

He removed flywire screens from three windows, and forced a window leading to the kitchen, knocking various items around but not stealing anything. He broke a doorknob trying to enter the main part of the house, then tried to enter a laundry without success, and pushed open a louvre window to a billiard room.

Inside the main house, the offender rummaged through empty cupboards in bedrooms, but failed to force open a locked internal door to the rear shed extension. He also tried, and failed, to remove a louvre window and even tried breaking through the back wall of the makeshift shed extension. Nothing was stolen from the house.

Anyone with information should call Chelsea police on 9583 9767.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 23 December 2015

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