Po­lice voice con­cern at num­ber of bur­glar­ies

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Fe­bru­ary 2

Po­lice at­tended a crash on Sta­tion Rd af­ter a ve­hi­cle lost con­trol and crashed into a con­crete pole. The 17-year-old driver was un­li­censed and for­bid­den to drive. The driver is fac­ing charges of driv­ing while for­bid­den. A 45-year-old man was ar­rested for bur­glary of a lo­cal con­tract­ing busi­ness. He was found with a con­sid­er­able amount of stolen items which po­lice are try­ing to re­unite with their own­ers in­clud­ing a Su­pa­tool tool box and a black Kent heater.

Fe­bru­ary 3

A 30-year-old Mata­mata woman was ar­rested for shop lift­ing from a lo­cal sports store. Po­lice said the same per­son had been ap­proached by staff at an­other lo­cal store prior to her com­mit­ting an­other of­fence. Po­lice at­tended a crash on Firth St where a ve­hi­cle hit a tree. The driver was flown to Waikato Hos­pi­tal with neck and back in­juries.

Fe­bru­ary 5

An 18-year-old man was ar­rested for breaching his bail con­di­tions af­ter mem­bers of the public saw the young per­son ly­ing on the road and try­ing to run in front of cars on a ru­ral road. A 15-year-old youth was ar­rested and held in cus­tody for breaching their bail con­di­tions, threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and bur­glary.

Fe­bru­ary 7

A lo­cal man col­lapsed on the Wairere Falls track. He was found by mem­bers of the public who were also walk­ing the track. They per­formed CPR un­til the West­pac res­cue he­li­copter ar­rived and air­lifted him to Tau­ranga Hos­pi­tal were he was pro­nounced dead. Po­lice would like to thank the peo­ple who worked in tan­dem for over an hour per­form­ing CPR in try­ing cir­cum­stances. The de­ceased man’s fam­ily were touched that strangers showed such ded­i­ca­tion in try­ing to as­sist him. Mata­mata po­lice would like to speak to the mem­bers of public who per­formed CPR.

Fe­bru­ary 8

Po­lice at­tended a two car crash where a rental van had been trav­el­ling on State High­way 29. There were no in­juries but ex­ten­sive dam­age to the ve­hi­cles. Po­lice are con­cerned by the num­ber of bur­glar­ies hap­pen­ing in the north side of Mata­mata. They be­lieve the bur­glars are tar­get­ing places that have ac­cess to Tom Grant or Cen­ten­nial Dr. A house on Karaka St, two places in Pukatea Pl and a house in Maple Pl were tar­geted be­tween 4.45am and 6.30am. Food and al­co­hol were taken. Po­lice are also con­cerned by bur­glar­ies in Manawa St, Mag­no­lia Dr, Wrigley Pl, Kestrel Cres and Ko­toku Cres. Po­lice be­lieve they are linked. An en­gi­neer­ing shop on Broad­way was en­tered and items from the of­fice were taken. There were also bur­glar­ies on Mul­berry St, three on Sed­don St, Glad­stone Rd, Sh­effield St, McGowan St and on ru­ral roads in­clud­ing Wal­ton Rd.

Po­lice be­lieve the bur­glary on Manawa St was linked to wil­ful dam­age to the nearby RSA and there is also graf­fiti on the St John build­ing.

Po­lice urge peo­ple to keep their prop­erty se­cure, be aware of their neigh­bours and if they see any­thing sus­pi­cious in the early hours of the morn­ing in par­tic­u­lar, to con­tact the po­lice im­me­di­ately.

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