Thieves tar­get Franklin’s ru­ral schools in ‘trend’


‘‘As with ev­ery scam, if the deal sounds too good to be true there’s prob­a­bly a trap.’’

Po­lice in Pukekohe have re­ceived a hand­ful of com­plaints from mem­bers of the public re­gard­ing dodgy stereo sales peo­ple work­ing in Pukekohe.

These scammers have been sell­ing bar­gain priced stereo equip­ment from a van in The Zone (this is the Ware­house area) and The Mega ( Mitre 10 com­plex) and prob­a­bly other re­tail ar­eas around here.

Pur­chasers have come to the po­lice a while later when they have found that the equip­ment is ac­tu­ally very poor qual­ity and lim­ited value.

The sell­ers then can’t be found.

The de­scrip­tion is a white van and the sell­ers are de­scribed as Mid­dle Eastern males.

Firstly it is not ac­tu­ally a crim­i­nal or po­lice mat­ter and the old rule of ‘buyer be­ware’ ap­plies.

Con­se­quently, the po­lice can do lit­tle to get your money back, the stereos are not stolen. You get what you pay for. The bricks and mor­tar re­tail­ers that op­er­ate here have an obli­ga­tion to sell re­li­able goods that per­form as de­scribed, some­one sell­ing from a van in a carpark - de­spite the best sales tech­nique - does not, and there is no come back.

We have for­warded what we know about these men to other Govern­ment agen­cies and to date the Com­merce Com­mis­sion, In­land Rev­enue, Cus­toms and Im­mi­gra­tion all have an in­ter­est in these men. They have been sell­ing these stereos and sim­i­lar items like this across Auck­land.

As with ev­ery scam, if the deal sounds too good to be true there’s prob­a­bly a trap.

An­other trend we’ve had in the last week is bur­glar­ies to our ru­ral schools.

It’s mostly coun­try schools across Franklin that are get­ting bur­gled overnight, in­clud­ing Pa­tuma­hoe, Tuakau and Po­keno to date. Care­tak­ers’ sheds and of­fices are the tar­get.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion, phone CrimeStop­pers on 0800 555 111.

But keep an eye out for your lo­cal school if you live nearby.

Call us if you see or hear any­thing af­ter school hours on the grounds please.

School boards and staff, we are con­tact­ing schools to let them know, but please be aware of this trend and harden up your se­cu­rity.

Lastly, our back to school tru­ancy op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues so en­sure your kids are go­ing to school and get­ting there on time as we are pick­ing up those late­com­ers to school as well.

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