Opportunist thieves target Matamata
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.