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Police Report

WHITIANGA POLICE REPORT

Monday, 25 March to Sunday, 31 March
 |  Constable Michael Carter  | 

GENERAL:

Monday, 25 March various items were damaged at a Cook Drive address. The offender was removed from the property and spoken to regarding their actions.

Also, on 25 March, Mitsubishi L200 utility and trailer were stolen from Blacksmith Lane. The trailer has since been recovered, but the ute is still outstanding.

Wednesday, 27 March, a burglary was reported at a Racecourse Road address where an unknown person has entered the property and taken cash and jewellery. Enquiries are being made to identify this person.

Also, on 27 March, a petrol theft occurred with a known male. This person is being sought regarding several incidences.

Friday, 29 March, two burglaries were reported as having occurred at Harbour Lights Lane addresses. Food and alcohol were taken by the offender(s) from one address with a rug taken from the other.

Sunday, 31 March, four offenders have decided to damage the petrol pumps on the Mobil forecourt. Enquiries are being made to speak with these persons.

ARRESTS: 1x male for Breach of Protection Order

OCCURRENCES:

Saturday, 30 March a Family Harm incident occurred at a Hot Water Beach location. The parties were separated with a Police Safety Order issued.

TRAFFIC:

On 30 March a single vehicle collision occurred at a Hot Water Beach location. The driver was subsequently processed for drink driving.

Police are targeting Restraints, Impairment, Distractions and Speed this month.

Burglaries on the increase…

There was a lot of discussion about the recent rise in the number of burglaries at Wharekaho at their recent Residents and Ratepayers meeting.

Details were shared and a plan to increase shared surveillance as in a neighbourhood watch scheme was put in place. The discussion also included investigating the use of CCTV cameras.

It was reported that one burglary left fingerprints and the forensic work done by the police officer from Thames identified the thief.

Concern was also expressed that some gangs from elsewhere had moved into the Mercury Bay area and were targeting homes known to be temporarily vacated. One instance of squatting was reported – that these people set up camp to do their work.