Cheeky theft of pump
Monday, May 20
A 34- year- old man was arrested for seriously assaulting his partner. The man fronted at the police station after the assault was reported.
Police were called to a cheeky theft in Te Poi, where a P-48 spray pump was stolen from a workshop when the owner went home for lunch. The pump is valued at $1400. Police are interested in locating the owners of a blue Falcon ute and a red hatchback seen in the area at the time.
Tuesday, May 21
Police executed a search warrant at a house on Jellicoe Rd and recovered property from three separate burglaries in Matamata. Two brothers, aged 19 and 22, were arrested and appeared in Hamilton District Court the following day. Police also carried out a search warrant at a Tawari St address. Sergeant Graham McGurk said the arrest of four offenders in the past few weeks had been an outstanding effort by Matamata police.
Thursday, May 23
Police were involved in a car chase at speeds of up to 160kmh after a car failed to stop on Waharoa East Rd. The driver lost control coming into the north end of Waharoa and crashed. He was uninjured and ran off. Police found him sprinting down the road a short time later. He was followed to an address where he was arrested. The 20- year- old has been charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and driving while forbidden.
Saturday, May 25
Visiting Taupiri rugby players were left frustrated after their kit bags were stolen from the changing sheds at Bedford Park. Items stolen included phones, cash and clothing. The property was taken while the players were on the field. Sergeant Graham McGurk said this type of theft hurts the reputation of Matamata. He described the theft as extremely disappointing.
A 45- year- old man was processed for driving with excess breath alcohol.
Sunday, May 26
Police received reports of suspicious activity on Maisey Rd. It appears someone poured water in a milk vat and stole diesel from a farm property. Police are investigating and urge residents of Maisey Rd to be vigilant.