Police chopper kept busy
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.
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.
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.