Bur­glary bust

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Kapiti-Mana po­lice have again un­cov­ered a bur­glary ring thanks to a tip-off from the pub­lic.

A Can­nons Creek res­i­dent wit­nessed sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity on Septem­ber 18 and called po­lice. Three men were ar­rested and the next day a search war­rant was car­ried out on a Mun­gavin Ave ad­dress, where a ‘‘large amount’’ of items al­legedly taken in re­cent Porirua bur­glar­ies was re­cov­ered, De­tec­tive Sergeant Steve Dunn of Porirua CIB said.

They in­cluded mu­sic sys­tems, games con­soles, dig­i­tal cam­eras, jew­ellery, cloth­ing and even meat and other food.

In July, a group of peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter a large amount of stolen prop­erty was re­cov­ered from a Whitby house. Mr Dunn says a lack of se­cu­rity was a key fac­tor in these bur­glar­ies.

‘‘We en­cour­age peo­ple to se­cure win­dows and doors when they go out. It only takes a few min­utes to gain en­try and steal eas­ily-moved com­modi­ties like lap­tops and elec­tronic game con­soles.’’

Three men have ap­peared in Porirua District Court over the lat­est in­ci­dents. A 27-year-old was charged with two counts of bur­glary and was re­manded in cus­tody un­til Oc­to­ber 4, a 17-year-old was charged with three counts of bur­glary and re­manded on bail un­til Oc­to­ber 4, while a 16-yearold was re­ferred to youth aid. Po­lice say more ar­rests could fol­low.

Bags of swag: Con­sta­ble Si­mon Cof­fey with­some of the many bags of re­cov­ered items, al­legedly stolen in the Porirua area.

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