Jew­ellery stolen, then thrown from get­away car

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER-LEIGH WOOLF

Two sus­pected thieves threw jew­ellery from their get­away car - be­fore be­ing caught by po­lice in the ve­hi­cle.

A po­lice me­dia spokes­woman said po­lice re­ceived a call about 3.15am on Fri­day from a neigh­bour who saw the in­ci­dent un­fold at Rau­mati South, north of Welling­ton.

The neigh­bour saw them putting items into a van, in­clud­ing jew­ellery, coins and other items, the spokes­woman said.

The of­fend­ers were dis­turbed and fled the scene while the 111 call was be­ing made. The neigh­bour gave po­lice a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the 4 x 4 ve­hi­cle.

The dark-coloured ve­hi­cle was found with the of­fend­ers in­side, about 3.20am, she said.

Po­lice found jew­ellery strewn all over the road­side, on Clu­nie Av­enue.

‘‘Thanks to a fast re­sponse and in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the pub­lic, we’ve been able to get hold of th­ese two of­fend­ers.’’

The men, aged 23 and 24, were ar­rested for bur­glary, and taken to the Kapiti Po­lice Sta­tion.

They were to ap­pear in Porirua Dis­trict Court.

Sergeant Nathan Smith said the in­ci­dent was an ‘‘ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple’’ of neigh­bours look­ing out for one an­other.

‘‘As a re­sult of the neigh­bour’s de­tailed re­port, we were able to ap­pre­hend th­ese of­fend­ers and pre­vent them from tar­get­ing other homes,’’ Smith said.

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