EMER­GENCY SER­VICES Stolen guns of con­cern

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

July 21

An un­oc­cu­pied house on Western St was bur­gled. Po­lice have re­cov­ered foren­sic items of in­ter­est.

Mata­mata Pri­mary was bur­gled. Po­lice be­lieve the of­fend­ers were young be­cause a shed con­tain­ing sand­pit play items was forced open and the of­fend­ers played in the sand­pit and made sand­cas­tles. Win­dows and walls were tagged.

Arawa St and He­tana St were also tagged. Po­lice know the iden­tity of some of the group in­volved in this ‘‘ frus­trat­ing crime’’, as ‘‘ the of­fend­ers don’t care about the im­pact of their crime’’. Po­lice also know that a ‘‘ va­ri­ety of eth­nic­i­ties are in­volved’’ and that dif­fer­ent tags re­late to dif­fer­ent groups. Po­lice say it seems the groups are try­ing to out do each other in re­gards to the amount of graf­fiti they can do. The po­lice have photos of one tag­ger in ac­tion and have in­for­ma­tion on oth­ers.

July 25

A Paratu Rd ad­dress was bur­gled be­tween 9.30am and 1.30pm. The house was en­tered by a win­dow, and a lap­top and a jew­ellery box was taken. Of im­mense con­cern to the po­lice was that five firearms were taken in­clud­ing a Winch­ester pump ac­tion, a Winch­ester 303 and an In­field 303 as well as am­mu­ni­tion. The freezer was also emp­tied of a butchered beast and a chain­saw was taken. Over the past three months there have been five ac­tiv­i­ties like this in the Rich­mond Downs area. As this is a se­cluded part of the Waikato and is not a thor­ough­fare, po­lice be­lieve that the of­fend­ers have lo­cal knowl­edge of area. On the day of the bur­glary a sil­ver/ grey ute with a sin­gle axis trailer, which was cov­ered in tarps, was seen near the prop­erty. On July 29 another sus­pi­cious car, a blue and white 4WD Mit­subishi Del­ica, was seen.

Two young peo­ple lit a small fire be­hind the li­brary. Po­lice are fol­low­ing up with their par­ents.

July 27

A ve­hi­cle was un­law­fully taken from a Ku­tia Rd ad­dress af­ter a house was en­tered and the keys re­moved. The ve­hi­cle, a sil­ver 2004 Holden Com­modore with the reg­is­tra­tion plate of EQA683, was lo­cated later that day in a pad­dock on Dun­lop Rd.

Fire July 24

Fire crews from Mata­mata and Te Aroha, as well as po­lice and am­bu­lance, at­tended a house fire on Firth St. One per­son was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter the fire, which was thought to be caused by a heater be­ing too close to fur­ni­ture.

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