Po­lice chop­per kept busy

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Solv­ing a ram-raid and pre­vent­ing a drown­ing were all in a day’s work for po­lice’s Ea­gle he­li­copter.

A stolen ve­hi­cle crashed into the Deadly Ponies hand­bag store in Pon­sonby on May 17 at 1am.

Two men stole a num­ber of high end hand­bags be­fore leav­ing the scene in an­other stolen ve­hi­cle driven by a woman.

‘‘The ve­hi­cle was tracked and three of­fend­ers were ar­rested with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent,’’ Auck­land City Dis­trict Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Cham­bers says.

The stolen prop­erty ve­hi­cles were re­cov­ered.

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An hour later the Ea­gle crew were di­rected to a Hen­der­son bak­ery, where five young peo­ple had been seen break­ing in.

‘‘Ea­gle was able to pro­vide in­valu­able in­for­ma­tion on th­ese of­fend­ers’ move­ments, and po­lice dog units were able to track them to a prop­erty nearby, where stolen prop­erty from a num­ber of lo­ca­tions was re­cov­ered.’’

But the drama didn’t there.

Soon af­ter 2am there was a re­port of a man over­board from a fish­ing boat near Paka­toa Is­land in the Hau­raki Gulf.

There were grave fears for his life.

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Ea­gle found the man alive in the wa­ter and di­rected the po­lice mar­itime unit De­o­dar to pick him up.

By that point the man had spent at least 45 min­utes in the wa­ter.

‘‘He was tired and cold but oth­er­wise re­ported to be well and was re­turned to the city by De­o­dar,’’ Cham­bers says.

‘‘Ea­gle is able to as­sist other po­lice units by di­rect­ing them quickly and safely to the right lo­ca­tion.

‘‘Tar­get­ing the right lo­ca­tions at the right times helps us to re­solve in­ci­dents ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively.’’

The Ea­gle po­lice he­li­copter.

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