Shoplifters go on spree

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Wed­nes­day, March 26

A 20-year-old man was found to be driv­ing while for­bid­den and his car was im­pounded.

Mata­mata was tar­geted by pro­fes­sional shoplifters. Two women en­tered a lo­cal surf shop and took a num­ber of items. When a staff mem­ber con­fronted them and took back the items, they be­came ver­bally abu­sive then left. It was later dis­cov­ered they had got away with more items. They had also been into a num­ber of other stores and stolen cloth­ing from the Red Cross store. Po­lice be­lieve they also tar­geted stores in Mor­rinsville. They were driv­ing a green Subaru Legacy sta­tion wagon. Cam­era footage from the surf shop helped po­lice to iden­tify two Hamil­ton women, who are known to po­lice. Hamil­ton po­lice are fol­low­ing up.

A 25-year-old woman was found to be driv­ing while sus­pended and her car was im­pounded.

Fri­day, March 28

A 19-year-old man was stopped for speed­ing on Man­gawhero Rd and had his li­cence sus­pended for three months for ex­cess demerit points.

Po­lice at­tended the bur­glary of a McNab Rd property in Te Poi. A tele­vi­sion, lap­top and a tool­box were taken.

Po­lice were called to a dis­or­der in­ci­dent on Matai Ave af­ter mul­ti­ple re­ports of people fight­ing on the street. It ap­pears a dis­pute be­tween neigh­bours had es­ca­lated into a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion. A 46-year-old Mata­mata man was taken by am­bu­lance to Pohlen Hospi­tal for a checkup but was found to have no se­ri­ous in­juries. In­quiries are been made with two sis­ters who live next door to the man.

Satur­day, March 29

A 43-year-old Mount Maun­ganui man was pulled over and found to have an ex­tremely high breath al­co­hol level. It was so high that his li­cence was au­to­mat­i­cally taken and he was for­bid­den to drive. Of con­cern to po­lice was the fact the man had driven here from Mount Maun­ganui.

A 20-year-old man had his li­cence sus­pended for ex­cess demerit points.

Po­lice were called to a rubbish bin on fire in the mid­dle of the Mata­mata Col­lege school field about 10.30pm. Of­fi­cers put the fire out.

Overnight, a work­shop on State High­way 27 in Oko­roire was bro­ken into and var­i­ous tools stolen. Pad­locks se­cur­ing a mo­tor­bike had been re­moved but the bike was not taken. Po­lice sus­pect the of­fender may have been dis­turbed.

: Veg­e­ta­tion bridge.

fire, Puke­more­more

Satur­day, March 29

: Med­i­cal call. : Med­i­cal call

Sun­day, March 30

Rd, Cam- : Med­i­cal call. : Med­i­cal call. : Mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, State High­way 29. No one hurt.

Mon­day, March 31

: Sprin­kler ac­ti­va­tion, Coun­try Lodge.

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