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Mata­mata sergeant Craig Thorne says there are con­tin­ual prob­lems with thieves pick­ing as­para­gus in Wa­haroa and sell­ing it on. There is also a prob­lem with thieves steal­ing the crates that are used by as­para­gus com­pa­nies. Own­ers of th­ese crates get a re­bate when they are given back to cer­tain com­pa­nies within the in­dus­try, which is why they are a great com­mod­ity for thieves, he said. As th­ese crates can only be rein­te­grated into the sys­tem by com­pa­nies reg­is­tered to do this the thieves must have some­one within the in­dus­try help­ing them. ‘‘The theft of the as­para­gus and crates is cost­ing the com­mu­nity tens of thou­sands of dol­lars and any­one at­tempt­ing to buy as­para­gus or as­so­ci­ated equip­ment that is not from a le­git­i­mate com­pany should not pur­chase it.’’

The bur­glar­ies of quad bikes con­tinue. Thorne asked the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant es­pe­cially of quad bikes be­ing moved at odd times of the day.

Bur­glar­ies in the com­mer­cial area of Broad­way con­tinue.

Christ­mas lights were also stolen in a bur­glary from a Farm­ers Rd ad­dress.

Thorne also en­cour­aged the pub­lic to re­port any sus­pi­cious peo­ple, re­gard­less of their age. ‘‘Gone are the days where mem­bers of the pub­lic see a bur­glar as be­ing a mid­dle aged per­son. We now have burglars as young as 10 or 11-years-old so any­one seen to be act­ing sus­pi­ciously should re­port this to po­lice.’’

There were also sev­eral ve­hi­cle crashes over the past week. ‘‘Th­ese mainly in­volved rain on or af­ter some warm weather. Mo­torists are urged to take ex­tra care when there are changes in any road and or weather con­di­tions, it is bet­ter to ar­rive five min­utes late than not at all.’’

De­cem­ber 12

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