Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate three crib bur­glar­ies

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MARY-JO TOHILL

Clutha po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of hol­i­day home break-ins, which were all dis­cov­ered on Mon­day.

One was re­ported at Toko Mouth near Mil­ton, and the other two in the Catlins, on Nuggets Rd, near Kaka Point, and Dewes Rd, near Ta­hakopa. TVs and kitchen items were stolen from these prop­er­ties, and a so­lar power unit from the Ta­hakopa crib.

Se­nior con­sta­ble Mur­ray He­wit­son, of Owaka, said po­lice had rea­son to be­lieve the bur­glar­ies were com­mit­ted by the same of­fend­ers, and was keen to hear from any­one who saw sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity around the prop­er­ties. Peo­ple with in­for­ma­tion can call Bal­clutha po­lice on (03) 418 0203 or Crimestop­pers 0800555111

A man who threat­ened a po­lice of­fi­cer with a gun af­ter fail­ing to stop his ve­hi­cle in Bal­clutha was ar­rested on Mon­day night.

The Armed Of­fend­ers Squad was called af­ter the 27-year-old, who was wanted in re­la­tion to a pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent, failed to stop for po­lice about 7.20pm on Mon­day.

The man ‘‘even­tu­ally’’ came to a stop and got out of the ve­hi­cle, be­fore ‘‘pre­sent­ing a firearm’’ at of­fi­cers, a po­lice spokes­woman said.

‘‘No shots were fired and there were no in­juries and the man was taken safely into cus­tody.’’

He ap­peared in Dunedin Dis­trict Court on Tuesday, charged with us­ing a firearm to re­sist ar­rest.

In other Clutha po­lice news, on Tuesday last week, two males in their 50s ap­proached and ver­bally abused a fe­male, who they ac­cused of white­bait­ing in ‘‘their spot’’, Se­nior con­sta­ble Tanya Grant, of Bal­clutha, said.

There had been pos­i­tive lines of en­quiry into the dump­ing of a large load of white­ware ap­pli­ances out­side the Mt Cooee land­fill at Bal­clutha last week, she said. In­quiries were con­tin­u­ing on both these mat­ters.

Po­lice are hold­ing items of in­ter­est at the Bal­clutha sta­tion, which in­clude a wheel­bar­row found at a Wil­son Rd ad­dress, and a BMX bike and jacket, found near the Bal­clutha aero­drome last Wednesday night.

On Wednesday af­ter­noon, a 27-year-old man was charged with driv­ing with ex­cess breath al­co­hol of 935mcg, and on Thurs­day, a 41-year-old Owaka man was charged with drinkdriv­ing for the third time, af­ter blow­ing 529mcg. Both will be ap­pear­ing in the Dunedin Dis­trict Court later this month.

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