Killer ob­ject still un­known to po­lice

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an expo on road safety, chain fit­ting and driver re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Joyrider ar­rested

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 net­ for ad­vice on stay­ing safe on­line.

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