Rob­bers again raid of­fice

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

Bur­glars have tar­geted Porirua Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice for the sec­ond time in less than six weeks, mak­ing off with the only lap­top left and at least six UHF ra­dios.

The bur­glars broke in on the night of Sun­day, March 25, evad­ing the Serlby Pl of­fice’s alarm sys­tem, which was in­stalled the day af­ter the first bur­glary on Fe­bru­ary 16. The bur­glars got in a sim­i­lar way, smash­ing a small side win­dow on the sec­ond-storey of­fice.

In Fe­bru­ary, the bur­glary was a quick grab-and-run, but on Sun­day the bur­glars went through ev­ery drawer and cup­board, Porirua Emer­gency Man­age­ment of­fi­cer Kerry Mc­saveney said.

‘‘They were def­i­nitely smarter this time.’’

In Fe­bru­ary, five lap­tops, two cam­eras, a GPS sys­tem and other emer­gency equip­ment were stolen. That gear had yet to be re­placed.

The stolen ra­dios are tuned to emer­gency chan­nels, but not po­lice fre­quen­cies, Ms Mc­saveney says.

‘‘They could use them to com­mu­ni­cate be­tween them­selves to plan some­thing ne­far­i­ous but that’s all,’’ she says.

Un­like cell­phones they can­not be traced to a lo­ca­tion.

Po­lice doubt the same bur­glars are re­spon­si­ble for both break-ins, although en­try was gained both times from the top of a ship­ping con­tainer un­der the of­fice’s win­dow, Porirua po­lice an­a­lyst War­wick Gibbs says. The con­tainer’s own­ers have been asked to move it.

Po­lice have been un­able to iden­tify the hooded youths in­volved in the first bur­glary from se­cu­rity cam­era footage recorded at Porirua Rail­way Sta­tion and have not re­cov­ered any of the stolen goods.

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