Ar­rests in stolen tools raid

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Our District News - GE­OR­GIA FORRESTER

Two peo­ple have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with stolen tools dur­ing po­lice raids in Manawatu¯ .

Po­lice re­cov­ered a large amount of tools fol­low­ing raids at prop­er­ties in Feild­ing and Palmer­ston North last week.

Po­lice be­lieved the ma­jor­ity of the tools were stolen from work sites and work ve­hi­cles, a po­lice spokes­woman said.

Two peo­ple had been ar­rested in re­la­tion to the stolen prop­erty.

Po­lice were mak­ing in­quires and were work­ing to iden­tify the own­ers of the re­cov­ered tools and re­turn them.

It was a timely re­minder for peo­ple to se­cure ve­hi­cles and keep prop­erty safe from thieves.

Tools should be la­belled and their se­rial num­bers can be loaded into www.snap.org.nz. That way, if tools were stolen and re­cov­ered, it was eas­ier for po­lice to re­turn them to the owner.

An en­grav­ing event in Feild­ing last week was or­gan­ised to com­bat op­por­tunis­tic thieves plagu­ing Manawatu¯ tradies and to help iden­tify tools if they are taken.

Manawatu¯ Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port and Com­mu­nity Pa­trol in­vited con­trac­tors to Bun­nings Ware­house Feild­ing on Fri­day, where tools were en­graved free of charge.

Co-or­di­na­tor Gary Stone­ley said the con­sid­er­able growth in build­ing con­struc­tion was not eas­ing. Con­trac­tors are pay­ing the price as they be­come tar­gets for thieves pawn­ing stolen tools.

In July, Stuff re­ported a Manawatu¯ forestry worker had $10,000 worth of equip­ment stolen from the back of his ute in broad day­light.

The log­ging worker, who re­fused to be named due to safety con­cerns, is the lat­est vic­tim in a string of re­ports of car break-ins in Feild­ing, and po­lice stepped up pa­trols at the time in an ef­fort to catch the cul­prits.

The man parked his ve­hi­cle on Eyre St, while vis­it­ing Cen­tral Auto Parts and Equip­ment for about 30 min­utes.

It was dur­ing that time that a mys­te­ri­ous thief pried open the canopy of his ute and stole three Stihl chain­saws and other tools.

Only two months be­fore, an­other con­trac­tor had five chain­saws taken.

PHOTO: SI­MON MAUDE/STUFF

Po­lice raids have un­cov­ered a bounty of stolen tools.

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