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.’’