Police investigate three crib burglaries
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.