THEWAYWE WERE Car­toon pigs and stolen milk money

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

The choice of graf­fiti gives the era away.

It was 1980 and po­lice were seek­ing who­ever was re­spon­si­ble for a huge, spray painted pic­ture of a car­toon pig and the word Mul­doon adorn­ing Porirua’s Rail­way Sta­tion.

As al­ways, Porirua’s KapiMana News was on top of all the lo­cal hap­pen­ings and among the ads for cigars and shoul­der pads, the po­lice file was an in­ter­est­ing read.

Whether the pig-pain­ter was ever found re­mains a mys­tery but the file was full of other crimes.

The first pa­per of 1980 lead with the good news that Porirua’s toi­let-lurk­ing bag-snatcher had been caught.

For a num­ber of weeks the cul­prit had made the most of cir­cum­stances in the toi­lets to snatch hand­bags placed on cis­terns or the cubicle floors, the pa­per re­ported.

Fi­nally, po­lice swooped on a 19-year-old man seen en­ter­ing the loos at the Trans­port Cen­tre.

He was eas­ily iden­ti­fied be­cause of the de­scrip­tions from many com­plainants, they said.

It seemed noth­ing was safe.Over $500 worth of road signs had been stolen from a con­struc­tion com­pany who wanted them re­turned, it was re­ported.

Five were 50 and 30 km/h signs and five read ‘‘New Seal, Loose Chips’’.

A milk­man re­ported overnight thefts of milk money in Whitby, up to $20 was be­ing taken each time.

It wasn’t just inan­i­mate ob­jects be­ing stolen : a $240 cat­tle beast was taken from Pau­ata­hanui and the farmer wanted it re­turned.

Thirty five car­tons of ci­garettes worth $280 were stolen from Wool­worths and an axe was used to smash a 14ft boat to pieces in Hon­goeka Bay.

Lo­cal shop­keep­ers were warned to call the po­lice if pre­sented with a cheque in the name of ‘‘RMWe­myss’’.

In hap­pier news, Teddy the long-haired per­sian cat from

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An ad­ver­tise­ment for Wai­tan­girua Mall in 1980s Porirua.

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A 1980s ad warned peo­ple to pro­tect their homes from bur­glars.

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