Bur­glar pro­duced a knife Cou­ple praise po­lice ac­tions

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

A Mata­mata cou­ple has noth­ing but praise for Mata­mata po­lice af­ter a bur­glary that could have turned fa­tal last week.

Just af­ter 10pm on Thurs­day, Leith and Cheryl Shear­man, who had just re­turned from a hol­i­day in Mel­bourne, awoke when they heard their pet dog Murphy bark­ing in the wash house.

‘‘I thought he might be ex­cited to see us so I got up to see what he was do­ing,’’ Mr Shear­man said.

‘‘That’s when I saw a shadow go past one of the win­dows. I then heard the slid­ing door close and could hear th­ese guys talk­ing.’’

Mr Shear­man said he yelled at them to stop and two of them did. He held on to them be­fore one broke free.

Mrs Shear­man said she saw the third of­fender present a knife.

‘‘ I yelled at Leith ‘ he has a knife’,’’ she said.

Be­ing a keen fish­er­man, Mr Shear­man quickly iden­ti­fied the weapon as sim­i­lar to a fil­let­ing knife.

‘‘He was just yelling and swear­ing at me. I just ran,’’ Mr Shear­man said.

Within 30 sec­onds of the of­fend­ers flee­ing the scene, Mata­mata po­lice had ar­rived.

‘‘We can’t be­gin to tell you how won­der­ful the po­lice were,’’ Mrs Shear­man said.

‘‘ The re­sponse time was mag­nif­i­cent.’’

Vis­i­bly shaken, Mr Shear­man said the sit­u­a­tion could have turned very bad, very quickly.

‘‘ I thought about what hap­pened to that man in Waihi, that could have been me.’’

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said

just Mr Shear­man did things.

‘‘Be­ing con­fronted with a knife is an ex­tremely fright­en­ing sit­u­a­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘Al­low­ing them to flee was the best thing to do.’’

About 4am on Fri­day, the three al­leged of­fend­ers were lo­cated asleep in a pub­lic place.

Two 15-year-old males and a 17-year-old male were charged with ag­gra­vated bur­glary.

One was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault with the in­ten­tion

all

the

right to fa­cil­i­tate the flight of an­other upon the com­mis­sion of a crime namely bur­glary.

Mr Shear­man said it was re­as­sur­ing to know that they’ve been caught.

‘‘I don’t know how I’d feel if they weren’t.

‘‘I don’t know what hap­pened. I just held onto them be­cause I wanted them to get caught.’’

‘‘ We love our house, we will never let them take that away from us,’’ Mrs Shear­man said.

Mr and Mrs Shear­man want to spread the mes­sage about the im­por­tance of home se­cu­rity.

‘‘Lock your house up. We never thought this would hap­pen to us, but it did.’’

Ex­cited kids wait pa­tiently to meet their heroes at Raun­gaiti Marae, Wa­haroa where the Waikato Chiefs squad dined and stayed dur­ing the Chiefs Coast To Coast train­ing and bond­ing ses­sion. Mar­shall Tuhakaraina said it was a great hon­our to host the Chiefs at Raun­gaiti Marae. The train­ing and ses­sion saw mem­bers of the squad par­tic­i­pate in a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties while they trav­elled from Waihi Beach to Te Aroha on Thurs­day and from Te Aroha to Kawhia on Fri­day.

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