Police looking for big tool thief
‘‘We're interested in hearing from anyone with any further information about these incidents. Contact Balclutha police station 03 4180203 or Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111’’
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.