Police urge businesses to join MBA
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.
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.
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.
A business premise in Waharoa
was broken into.
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.
Two businesses next to each other were broken into. The same hairdressing business from earlier in the week, along with another, was entered.
A fence was purposely cut on Puketutu Rd so cattle wandered on to the road. All the cattle were found safe.
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.
The fire alarm was activated at Kaimai School. A tanker went out but was not required.