Police are urging the community to report any suspicious behaviour they notice in the area of the Pinery fire ground after six theft reports.
Chief Inspector Alex Zimmermann, the officer in charge of the Barossa Local Service Area, said theft from people who had already suffered so much was “totally unacceptable”.
“Police are as appalled as the community by this behaviour, and I urge anyone with any information about these matters to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
Thefts reported to police to date are:
Chief Inspector Zimmermann said three incidents involved property owners who had been evacuated, while the Roseworthy and Shea Oak Log thefts involved people who were out fighting fires and the fuel theft occurred in a paddock next to the fires.
“Police have increased patrols in the area, however it is important that the local community assist by providing their eyes and ears.
“Any suspicious behaviour – or vehicles – should be reported to police immediately by calling 131 444.”
Listen to Chief Inspector Alex Zimmermann speak about the incidents here
Police also ask that members of the public make note of any vehicle registrations or descriptions that they may have concerns about.