Vig­i­lance bags bur­glars, and stolen goods

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A van load of stolen prop­erty has been re­cov­ered by po­lice thanks to the ac­tions of a vig­i­lant neigh­bour.

Last Tues­day po­lice stopped five lo­cal men in a white Toy­ota Hi­ace van at the bot­tom of Whit­ford Brown Ave, and found 70 items of stolen goods in­side.

Po­lice had acted on a tipoff from a man in Thim­ble Ln, Whitby, who saw his neigh­bour’s house be­ing robbed just af­ter 3pm.

The man called po­lice while con­tin­u­ing to ob­serve the bur­glars, and his in­for­ma­tion led to the men’s ar­rest.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Steve Dunn at­tributes the ar­rests to the neigh­bour’s vig­i­lance.

‘‘When we do have an ac­tive bur­glary team, we do need the help of the com­mu­nity. They’re the eyes and ears of the po­lice,’’ he says.

Items found in the van in­clude two flat-screen tele­vi­sions, a moun­tain bike, a PlayS­ta­tion 3, a marine ra­dio, jew­ellery, watches, mo­bile phones, cam­eras and video cam­eras, a set of knives, and smaller items like bags and after­shave.

Po­lice are still seek­ing own­ers of the stolen goods, and urge the pub­lic to call if they think an item might be theirs.

The stolen goods are from dif­fer­ent houses in Porirua and pos­si­bly from fur­ther afield, as the bur­glars were op­er­at­ing through­out the Welling­ton re­gion, Mr Dunn says.

There has been a spike in the num­ber of bur­glar­ies in Porirua re­cently, but many of the in­ci­dents could be at­trib­uted to these five ar­rested men, in­clud­ing re­cent bur­glar­ies in Plim­mer­ton, he says.

The ar­rested men will ap­pear at Porirua District Court to­day.

Wealthy sub­urbs tend to be tar­geted dur­ing the day, as bur­glars know home­own­ers will be at work.

Res­i­dents should not panic, as lev­els of bur­glary are rel­a­tively low in Porirua. How­ever, he ad­vises peo­ple to note se­rial num­bers on their elec­tronic equip­ment, and to pho­to­graph their jew­ellery and valu­able pos­ses­sions, as these ac­tions will as­sist po­lice if stolen items are re­cov­ered.

If peo­ple see sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity on their street, he urges them to phone po­lice.

‘‘Bet­ter safe than sorry.’’

Dunn ’ De­tec­tive Sergeant Steve Is this yours?: These stolen items are wait­ing for own­ers to iden­tify them af­ter be­ing re­cov­ered last week. Con­tact Con­sta­ble Damian Parker, bur­glary re­sponse of­fi­cer, 232 1400.

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