Po­lice look­ing for big tool thief

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Thieves got away with a large tool cache from a garage at a ru­ral prop­erty on Pil­lans Road, in Bal­clutha’s Rose­bank area, between March 16-20, se­nior con­sta­ble Tanya Grant, of Bal­clutha, said.

These in­cluded two Bosch drills, a bat­tery, an elec­tric Oz­ito drill, a Husq­varna 50cc chain­saw and leaf blower, two Echo 30cc prun­ing saws and a scrub cut­ter, aMakita nail gun and grinder, a Ry­obi weed eater, and a red tool­box con­tain­ing var­i­ous small tools.

At Wai­hola on Fri­day, a large truck pulled into Wai­hola Mo­tors between 5.40pm and 6.45pm, and filled up with diesel. The driver used the rest room and al­legedly drove off with­out pay­ing for $798.85 of fuel.

The driver was de­scribed as a male, part Maori, wear­ing black cloth­ing, of stocky build, and in his late 20s or 30s.

The truck regis­tra­tion was not ob­tained, but the truck was thought to have the words, ‘Trans Star Christchurch 5’ or sim­i­lar, writ­ten on it, Grant said.

In other news, Ngaru­awahia man Daniel Ross Tairaki, 37, who was pulled over by po­lice at Bal­clutha at 11.15pm on Novem­ber 10 last year, has avoided a jail sen­tence.

Fair­fax re­ported that he re­fused to un­dergo a po­lice blood al­co­hol test be­cause he only recog­nised Maori law. When taken to Bal­clutha po­lice sta­tion later, he said he ‘‘did not trust a ma­chine made in Ger­many’’.

He ap­peared at Hamil­ton District Court on Mon­day on the charge.

Ref­er­ence was made to a pre­vi­ous drink-driv­ing con­vic­tion in 2011, for which he served a six-month jail sen­tence. How­ever, while giv­ing a stern ‘‘last chance’’ warn­ing, Judge Robert Spear elected not to send him back to prison, be­cause of his com­ple­tion of a Right Track driv­ing pro­gramme.

In­stead, Tairaki was sen­tenced to four months of com­mu­nity de­ten­tion, which must be served with a 7pm to 7am cur­few, as well as 150 hours of com­mu­nity work.

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