Op­por­tunist thieves tar­get Mata­mata

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A driver re­turn­ing home had his ve­hi­cle rammed by thieves flee­ing the prop­erty with stolen goods.

The in­ci­dent is one in an in­creas­ing num­ber of thefts in the past week.

Mata­mata po­lice were try­ing to lo­cate a ve­hi­cle, the driver of which was dis­turbed while bur­gling a house on Ran­gi­tanuku Road, Te Poi.

Mata­mata po­lice preven­tion of­fi­cer Aimee Searle says while flee­ing the scene, the thieves rammed their car into the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle when they ar­rived at the ad­dress.

‘‘These of­fend­ers have taken an amount of prop­erty from this ad­dress and also ap­peared to have a car full of other stolen items. The ve­hi­cle is ZQ2714 a Blue Holden Com­modore with dam­age to the rear,’’ she says.

Searle is en­cour­ag­ing any­one who sees the ve­hi­cle to call 111.

In other in­ci­dents, Mata­mata po­lice are on the hunt for a skate­cy­cle (pic­tured) which was re­cently stolen from Pa­per Plus.

An in­crease in res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies and theft of cars around Mata­mata has po­lice warn­ing residents to keep ve­hi­cles and homes locked when va­cant.

‘‘This is es­pe­cially es­sen­tial with cars parked on the drive­way. The thieves op­er­at­ing at the mo­ment seem to be op­por­tunists and will try any and all doors.’’

A ve­hi­cle parked in a yard on Fac­tory Road, Wa­haroa was tam­pered with caus­ing dam­age.

A chain­saw and other tools were taken from an un­locked garage at a Te Tuhi Road ad­dress. Seale says the vic­tim no­ticed his dogs were agi­tated around mid- night and saw the glow of head­lights near the let­ter­box but no peo­ple. He did not ini­tially re­port the in­ci­dent un­til he re­alised items were miss­ing.

A house, shed and trac­tor was en­tered at an ad­dress on Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Road. Tools from the trac­tor were used to gain en­try into the shed and a sledge ham­mer from shed used to gain en­try into the house.

Petrol was taken, as well as keys to the quad bike and trac­tor. This same ad­dress was bro­ken into six days later while the own­ers were away.

Two Stihl chain­saws were taken from an un­locked shed on Pi­akonui Road and a garage on Scherer Road was en­tered and a reg­is­tra­tion plate A6LHM was taken off a road bike. The of­fend­ers have also taken the reg­is­tra­tion sticker and WOF la­bel. The bike it­self was not stolen.

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