Sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle sought by po­lice

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Po­lice are ur­gently try­ing to lo­cate a black Volvo car that has been seen in Mata­mata twice over the last week.

The car, reg­is­tra­tion num­ber GQA1, drove up to two prop­er­ties in town and cap­tured the oc­cu­pants at­ten­tion by beep­ing the horn.

When the oc­cu­pants came out, the people in the car asked strange ques­tions, such as if they had any paint or if they needed any paint­ing done.

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said he strongly sus­pected the oc­cu­pants of the car were check­ing to see if any­one was at home.

Sim­i­lar ac­tiv­ity in­volv­ing the same car had been re­ported near Ngaru­awahia, he said.

Po­lice be­lieve the car may be linked to a group known as the Bi­tu­men Ban­dits, who are work­ing il­le­gally lay­ing sub- stan­dard drive­ways.

It may also be

linked to a group run­ning a roof­ing scam, who work un­der the name A1 Roof­ing, said Mr McGurk.

He strongly urged any­one who saw the car to call po­lice on 111 im­me­di­ately.

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