Anti-theft app catches out young iPad thief

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

A 15-year-old thief un­wit­tingly led po­lice to a friend’s home af­ter steal­ing an iPad with an anti- theft app in­stalled.

The iPad was taken from an un­locked car on Gor­don Tce last Tues­day night, along with a wal­let.

The owner was able to show po­lice the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the stolen de­vice us­ing the Find My iPad app.

GPS led po­lice to a Wa­haroa ad­dress, where the iPad was re­cov­ered and a 15-year-old Mata­mata boy was ar­rested.

The stolen


was later found on Drive.

The teenager will be ap­pear­ing in the Mor­rinsville Youth Court.

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said the theft was a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of of­fend­ers be­ing pre­sented with op­por­tu­nity.

Cash and carry items such as tablets, lap­tops, phones and wal­lets were easy tar­gets for bur­glars and should not be left in plain sight, he said.

‘‘Of­fend­ers may not be in par­tic­u­lar look­ing to steal but, when an op­por­tu­nity arises they will take it.’’

Mr McGurk com­pared this type of theft with peo-

Cen­ten­nial ple buy­ing ‘‘Lotto tick­ets, Crunchie bars or mag­a­zines’’ on im­pulse at the su­per­mar­ket.

He said thieves would of­ten carry out crime in places fa­mil­iar to them.

‘‘What hap­pens is you get th­ese cor­ri­dors of crime, where of­fend­ers may reg­u­larly walk home from work or their friends’ house or wher­ever,’’ he said.

‘‘They may not set out to steal any­thing but once that op­por­tu­nity is there . . .’’

He urged peo­ple to make sure their prop­er­ties and cars were se­cure and to keep valu­able items out of sight where pos­si­ble.

Two 16-year-old boys were re­ferred to youth aid for caus­ing wil­ful dam­age the pre­vi­ous weekend. The dam­age in­cluded smashed win­dows at Mata­mata Col­lege and the paint­ing of swastikas at the re­serve by the Gate­house.

Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 30

Po­lice were called to re­ports of two peo­ple ar­gu­ing on Broad­way. Two peo­ple were spo­ken to on Tower Rd and a man was taken to the po­lice sta­tion. While po­lice were ap­pre­hend­ing him, one of­fi­cer in­ad­ver­tently had his fin­ger bro­ken.

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 31

A Glad­stone Rd ad­dress was en­tered and an MP3 player, cam­era and video cam­era were taken. The oc­cu­pants woke to find the back door open.

Fri­day, Novem­ber 1

The win­dow of a ser­vice sta­tion on Broad­way was smashed. The fol­low­ing morn­ing, a Mata­mata man came into the po­lice sta­tion and ad­mit­ted break­ing the win­dow. He ex­plained he had been drink­ing most of the day and kicked the win­dow af­ter hav­ing an ar­gu­ment with a friend. Po­lice have given him the op­por­tu­nity to con­tact the owner and make reparations be­fore tak­ing any fur­ther ac­tion.

Satur­day, Novem­ber 2




Sun­day, Novem­ber 3

Called to a car crashed into a lamp post out­side the fire sta­tion on Pe­ria Rd.

Called to a car in a ditch on Buck­land Rd.

Called to a car smok­ing on Hin­uera Rd.

Tanker called to a scrub fire at Kakahu Rd.

Re­sponded to a med­i­cal call.


as­sis­tance from Cam­bridge and Mor­rinsville af­ter a num­ber of dis­or­der in­ci­dents be­tween the town clock and the Z petrol sta­tion round­about were re­ported. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the as­sault of a lo­cal man, who was king hit from be­hind for no ap­par­ent rea­son. The man was knocked to the ground and when he tried to walk away, the of­fender fol­lowed and punched him in the face. Po­lice are try­ing to lo­cate a 24-year-old man they un­der­stand to be the of­fender.

A man heard some­one break­ing into his car on Vosper St and ended up chas­ing two of­fend­ers down the road. Po­lice later caught two boys, aged 16 and 17, in pos­ses­sion of the items stolen from the car. The 17-yearold was ar­rested for theft and will ap­pear in the Mor­rinsville Dis­trict Court and the 16-year-old was re­ferred to youth aid.

A car crashed into a street­light on Pe­ria Rd, knock­ing it over. The fol­low­ing morn­ing, a 31-year-old man came into the po­lice sta­tion to re­port it. He claimed he had fallen asleep af­ter drop­ping his work mates home. The car was writ­ten off.

Sun­day, Novem­ber 3

Overnight, the garage door of a Price Tce ad­dress was jim­mied open and food was stolen from a freezer.

Overnight, two un­locked ve­hi­cles on Daw­son St were searched. Noth­ing was taken.

Re­sponded to a med­i­cal call – car­diac ar­rest.

Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 27


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Called to a Tau­ranga Rd.

Called to a truck off the road on Tau­ranga Rd.


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