Ru­ral bur­glar­ies on the rise

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A thief cut a pad­lock to enter a yard in Wa­haroa and stole a kids mo­tor­bike while cheeky of­fend­ers who stole 300 litres of fuel left $10 be­hind as com­pen­sa­tion.

The break-ins and thefts were just a few in an in­creas­ing num­ber po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing around the Mata­mata district.

Po­lice are warn­ing peo­ple to keep their prop­er­ties se­cure and lock unat­tended ve­hi­cles.

Mata­mata Po­lice pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer Aimee Searle says the ru­ral com­mu­nity has re­sponded well and peo­ple have been re­port­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

She says one per­son con­tacted her about a sus­pi­cious white van parked on a road.

Po­lice found the van was linked to nu­mer­ous bur­glar­ies over the Waikato.

Searle says thefts from cars are in­creas­ing, es­pe­cially around Wa­haroa. Of­ten the ve­hi­cles are left for only a cou­ple of min­utes and of­fend­ers are in and out be­fore the driver has re­alised.

She is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to use com­mon sense, such as lock­ing ve­hi­cles, tak­ing keys and easy to carry valu­ables, or hid­ing them well.

She says any theft should be re­ported to po­lice.

The Leader­brand Pro­duce premises on Mar­tyn Road, Wa­haroa, was tar­geted for a sec- ond time re­cently, and plas­tic as­para­gus crates were stolen.

A ve­hi­cle parked on Dou­glas Road was bro­ken into and a wal­let stolen.

Petrol and diesel along with fuel con­tain­ers have been tar­geted also.

Sev­eral thefts were re­ported on Wa­haroa Road East, in­clud­ing a face­plate taken from a cab trac­tor after of­fend­ers found a key.

Of­fend­ers gained en­try to a house and garage through a bro­ken and un­locked ranch slider. An of­fender has taken the power cord from the back of a se­cu­rity cam­era to dis­able it.

About four-to-five small petrol con­tain­ers were taken from trail­ers at the back of a truck stop on SH 29.

Else­where, a con­tainer on Ra­pu­rapu Road was bro­ken into and a Yamaha Big Bear quad bike along with a 20 litre petrol con­tainer were taken. The bike was lo­cated.

A shed lo­cated down a long tanker track was en­tered on Wardville Road and a petrol con­tainer and long han­dled Stihl line trim­mer were taken from in­side.

A 2014 white Suzuki DR200 was stolen from the back of an ad­dress on Hin­uera Road.

Mata­mata Po­lice pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer Aimee Searle is ask­ing for peo­ple to re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

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