Killer object still unknown to police
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A 22-year-old Cromwell man who took a loader on a joyride was found in possession of two sawn-off guns and is linked to a burglary in Christchurch, police have said.
Sergeant Simon Paget said the man, who would appear in the Alexandra District Court next Thursday, was facing further charges after allegedly committing a crime spree around Cromwell.
The spate of offending started on June 8 with the theft of a $1500 mountainbike from an Orchard Place address. Later that night the Cromwell Argus building in Old Cromwell Town was burgled and a donation box removed from a display.
Two nights later the Cromwell Bowling Club in Alpha Street was burgled and alcohol taken. Later the same night, a Wishart Cres address was burgled and another mountainbike stolen. The offender then allegedly used this bike to travel to the Dunstan Industrial Park area where a transport operator’s yard was entered and a loader was unlawfully taken.
The loader was used to drive through the perimeter fence of a neighbouring business and caused considerable damage to the yard. About $20,000 worth of damage was done to the loader.
After getting the loader stuck, the offender appeared to abandon it and climbed a fence to another commercial premises, where he allegedly interfered with two trucks. Soon after this, a Subaru Legacy was stolen from the transport operator’s yard.
Police caught the man several hours later in the Cromwell Gorge and, after initially resisting arrest, the man was taken into custody.
Paget said the man was also charged with a burglary in Christchurch in March in which a safe was forced open and $2500 stolen.
‘‘In the course of our enquiries into these incidents police located a sawn off 12 gauge pump action shotgun and a sawn off 22 rifle. Both of these firearms are thought to have been stolen during an unlawful taking of a vehicle in Blyth St in February 2013. Police are very pleased to have recovered these firearms and to have removed them from criminal hands.’’
The alleged offender was responsible for the modification of the guns, which police found hidden on a property in Cromwell.
Scammers $4000 con
A Cromwell resident has lost $4000 and lost access to their computer in a scam.
Police are warning people to watch out for the scam which involves a ‘‘representative’’ calling from Microsoft and offering a refund for a recently purchased product.
Sergeant Paget said the ruse appeared legitimate because the victim might have purchased an item recently from Microsoft.
‘‘The foreign caller builds trust over the course of several weeks . . . asks for computer pin numbers to gain access to the victim’s computer in order to ‘fix’ things. He then asks for bank account details so they can ‘refund the money’.’’
Call police or visit netsafe.org.nz for advice on staying safe online.