Po­lice urge busi­nesses to join MBA

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

There has been a spate of bur­glar- ies in the cen­tral business dis­trict, seven in the past week. Each bur­glary has the same pat­tern of en­try be­ing gained by smash­ing the front door or win­dow to gain ac­cess and then a quick search of the prop­erty be­fore the till is emp­tied, even if it’s locked.

Po­lice are also re­in­forc­ing that the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 29 and Te Poi Rd and the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 29 and State High­way 27 are high-risk in­ter­sec­tions. Po­lice will con­tinue to tar­get peo­ple who fail to stop.

Po­lice at­tended a col­li­sion be­tween two ve­hi­cles at the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 29 and Te Poi Rd. There has pre­vi­ously been a fa­tal­ity on the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 29 and State High­way 27 in which a mo­tor­cy­clist died after crash­ing into a car after be­ing forced to pass a car which didn’t give way to them.

The Spark (Tele­com) store was en­tered and phones were taken.

Oc­to­ber 26

Mata­mata po­lice were dis­gusted by the ac­tions of a lo­cal se­cu­rity guard who was caught lit­ter­ing when the po­lice were re­view­ing CCTV footage. She was seen dump­ing rub­bish out of her car in the early hours of the morn­ing and leav­ing it on the side of Arawa St even though there was a rub­bish bin 10 me­tres away. She has been spo­ken to.

Oc­to­ber 29

A hair­dresser business was bro­ken into. A Firth St shed was also bro­ken into and items from cars were taken. A food shop on Broad­way was also bro­ken into.

Oc­to­ber 28

A business premise in Wa­haroa

was bro­ken into.

Oc­to­ber 29

A bull that had been sep­a­rated from its herd and left in a yard was shot and butchered for its meat by an of­fender.

On Kauri Cres a ve­hi­cle’s tyres were slashed.

On Meura St pot plants were dam­aged.

Oc­to­ber 30

Two busi­nesses next to each other were bro­ken into. The same hair­dress­ing business from ear­lier in the week, along with another, was en­tered.

Oc­to­ber 31

A fence was pur­posely cut on Puke­tutu Rd so cat­tle wan­dered on to the road. All the cat­tle were found safe.

Novem­ber 2

A ve­hi­cle that po­lice had been seek­ing in relation to a spate of bur­glar­ies was found and a 33-year-old woman was ar­rested for driv­ing while for­bid­den.

A 25-year-old man was ar­rested for a bur­glary which took place on Oc­to­ber 18. He was due to ap­pear in Mor­rinsville Dis­trict Court to­day. The other two of­fend­ers, a 37-year-old man who has been re­manded in cus­tody and a 15-year-old youth who has been dealt with by youth aid, have been caught.

Another business on Broad­way was bro­ken into, and a lap­top and iPod were taken.

Po­lice be­lieve all th­ese bur­glar­ies are re­lated and they urge business own­ers to empty the tills at the end of the day and leave them open. This may not de­ter thieves from en­ter­ing the prop­er­ties but it will cause less dam­age as locked tills are be­ing dam­aged on site or are be­ing re­moved by the bur­glars. The po­lice also urge business own­ers to join the Mata­mata Business As­so­ci­a­tion, as through that group the po­lice can get a lot of in­for­ma­tion about crimes. The Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion owns the town’s CCTV cam­eras.

Two ve­hi­cles were un­law­fully taken. A red Nis­san Ter­rano, reg­is­tra­tion ART820, was taken and po­lice are in­ter­ested in hear­ing about sight­ings of it. The other ve­hi­cle was used in a bur­glary in Mor­rinsville.

FIRE Oc­to­ber 30

The fire crew were called to as­sist the po­lice by un­der­tak­ing a wash­down.

Novem­ber 1

The fire alarm was ac­ti­vated at Kaimai School. A tanker went out but was not re­quired.

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