Three cases of day­light rob­bery

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Po­lice have had three cases in the past week where un­locked houses were en­tered and small cash-and­carry items such as purses and cell­phones were taken.

Thefts oc­curred in day­light hours on Tower Rd, Rawhiti Ave and Karaka St. Po­lice are re­mind­ing peo­ple to lock the front ac­cess to their prop­erty if they are spend­ing time out the back.

Po­lice have re­ported no in­ci­dents since the start of the duck­shoot­ing sea­son. Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk would like to commend ev­ery­one in­volved.

Thurs­day, May 9

Po­lice were called to a car ac­ci­dent on the Kaimai Range about 9pm. On ar­rival, they found a ve­hi­cle on the side of the road at the base of the range but no ev­i­dence of an ac­ci­dent. Of­fi­cers checked fur­ther up the road and found noth­ing. But they did no­tice a man hitch-hik­ing. Po­lice spoke to the man and felt his ex­pla­na­tion of why he was there did not add up. They took the man back to the car and no­ticed there was blood on the ve­hi­cle. The man said he knew noth­ing about the car or the blood. Po­lice found out who the car was reg­is­tered to and con­tacted the owner. The owner of the car an­swered the phone and told po­lice he was in a ditch on the side of the road and had no mem­ory of how he got there or where his car was. He then said an am­bu­lance and Tau­ranga po­lice had ar­rived. He handed the phone over to a Tau­ranga po­lice of­fi­cer who ex­plained that they had been called to the scene of a road-rage in­ci­dent on the Tau­ranga side of the Kaimai Range. It ap­pears that the owner of the car found by Mata­mata po­lice had been pulled from his car and as­saulted by two men in an­other car. The sec­ond oc­cu­pant had then stolen his car and driven to the other side of the Kaimai Range be­fore break­ing down. He had then at­tempted to hitch-hike back over the range be­fore he was picked up by Mata­mata po­lice. Both the hitch-hiker and driver of the other car were ar­rested by the Tau­ranga Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau for the un­law­ful tak­ing of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and as­sault. Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said it was an ex­cel­lent ef­fort by Mata­mata po­lice, who fol­lowed their in­stincts.

A driver was sus­pended from driv­ing for hav­ing ex­cess demerit points. Po­lice would like to re­mind driv­ers that once they reach 100 demerit points, their names will ap­pear on a list and po­lice will serve them with a no­tice im­me­di­ately sus­pend­ing their li­cence for three months. Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said a com­mon ques­tion asked about demerit points was ‘‘what hap­pens if you have more than 100?’’ The an­swer is, any points over 100 will re­main af­ter the three months is up. For ex­am­ple, if you have 180 demerit points, your li­cence will be sus­pended for three months and you will still have 80 demerit points.

Sun­day, May 12

A rally car driver lost con­trol of his car and crashed into a fence on Pe­ria Rd. The driver was trav­el­ling be­tween stages at the time and was not rac­ing. Po­lice said he was not in­jured but was very em­bar­rassed.

Po­lice were called to Ko­tuku Cres where three young males were re­port­edly throw­ing or­anges at a house.

Called to a car fire on SH29.

Sun­day, May 12

Called to a prop­erty full of smoke on Sh­effield St. One oc­cu­pant was treated for mi­nor smoke in­hala­tion.

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