Vandalising pot plants along Broadway is a petty thing to do, according to Matamata woman Ruth Westgate.
Westgate, who works at Jo Anne Prevett Travel, said the pot plants outside her workplace were torn down by vandals not once but twice in recent weeks.
The incidents, which occurred in the early hours of the morning, saw the pot plants torn down and left for dust on the footpath.
Westgate said it was disheartening that these sorts of incidents occurred, especially as businesses along Broadway were only trying to do something nice for the town.
Local police have said they may know the identity of the offenders, but they are seeking confirmation on this. If anyone has any information about the incidents, get in touch with local police on 888 7117 or anonymously on 0800 555 111. See still images from CCTV footage on the Chronicle’s Facebook page.
A shed was burgled in Waharoa. A weed eater, green Spitfire compressor, glue gun and Stihl chainsaw were taken with food from a freezer.
Police will be following up on inquiries after three laptops were taken from an electronics store. A number of people have been spoken to but no charges have been laid as yet.
Last Wednesday a man was caught by security staff at a local supermarket shoving two meat packs down his pants. He was arrested and charged.
Police assisted in the service of an abatement notice at a property in Waharoa.
Police were called to a Vosper St address after the occupant phoned them with concerns about a man trying to enter the property. Police arrived and found the man was very intoxicated after leaving a work function. He was staying at a nearby motel and had mistaken the house for his motel room. Police said the man had taken off his shoes and clothes and was dressed in a ‘‘racy pair of batman undies’’. Police helped the man back to his motel room.
At some stage over the weekend, a Vosper St address had visitors and meat was stolen from an outside freezer. Police know this wasn’t related to the afore mentioned caped crusader’s adventures.
Local police are investigating an incident in which the victim’s car was parked at a Station Rd address. Two tyres were punctured.
On July 26 a BMX bike valued at $2000 was taken from a Rata St address. The bike is a Wethepeople Zodiac with a chrome frame and handle bars and black wheels. If you have any information about this bike, please contact police.
Police dealt with a number of domestic incidents over the weekend. One involved a man who is currently in Tauranga Hospital after almost bleeding to death following a selfinflicted wound. He is being assessed by mental health services in Tauranga.
Over the weekend police also issued a police safety order at a Gladstone Rd address after both parties were found to be extremely intoxicated.
Overnight on Friday, a 16-year-old male caused damage to his own home following a domestic incident with his mother. He has been referred to youth aid.
Overnight on Wednesday, a shed was entered on Mowbray Rd and petrol and hand tools were taken. The offender/s had to go through three locks to gain entry.
The ‘‘booze bus’’ was in town on Friday night. Three people were processed for excess breath alcohol. Two were for their third or subsequent. One vehicle was seized. Three drivers’ licences were suspended immediately. One person was arrested.
Police said they were very disappointed with this showing of drink driving, especially that two were recidivist offenders who seemed to have no thought for the consequences of their actions.
RURAL FEEL: Constable Jacqui McBreen, who recently moved to Matamata, said after working at various police stations in Auckland for three years, she wanted to be closer to home, which is Rotorua. She said she also wanted to get a taste of rural policing.