Maitland police are investigating a handful of break-ins at Rutherford businesses in the past week, some of which are believed to have been committed by juveniles.
Two businesses in the Rutherford shopping precinct were hit by thieves late on Saturday night.
Two pairs of scissors were taken from Lee Colton Barbers in the precinct's East Mall while lighters and energy drinks were also stolen from CTC Rutherford in Rutherford Marketplace.
Police have sourced CCTV footage as part of their investigations and Port Stephens Hunter officer in charge Inspector Rob Post said officers believed a group of youths were behind both incidents. Inquiries into the matters are ongoing.
It comes after a number of break-ins also believed to have been committed by juveniles at Club Maitland City the week before.
In what police to be unrelated incidents, three more businesses were also targeted in the Rutherford industrial area sometime between 5pm Thursday and 9am Friday.
Cash, truck keys and forklift keys were taken from Maitland Ready Mixed Concrete on the New England Highway, while unknown offenders also tried to gain entry to KP & DC Machinery on the highway and another business on Racecourse Road.
Police believe the three incidents may be linked to each other.
Any information that may assist Port Stephens Hunter police with these inquiries should be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Maitland Police on 4934 0200.