Thieves tar­get tools on build­ing site

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Welders and build­ing tools have been stolen from a new sub­di­vi­sion be­ing built on the out­skirts of Hamil­ton.

Just be­fore mid­night re­cently, the cul­prits skulked into the new devel­op­ment on Gate­way Drv in the north­west­ern sub­urb of Horotiu. They forced their way into the site’s por­ta­com and raided it of goods.

‘‘Tools were taken,’’ Waikato po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Rob­bie Her­mann said. ’’Welders, paint­ing tools, con­struc­tion and build­ing tools.’’

A se­cu­rity guard at the site spot­ted the thieves’ ve­hi­cle and re­layed the in­for­ma­tion to po­lice, Her­mann said. Half an hour later of­fi­cers man­aged to track the ve­hi­cle down in Huntly.

In­side they found the haul tools, Her­mann said.

‘‘There was still a lot of gear in there but un­til the own­ers of the prop­erty fig­ure out what ex­actly has been taken we won’t know the full ex­tent, but we think we have got a lot of it back. We also found a per­son in it.’’

A 28-year-old man from Huntly was ar­rested and charged with bur­glary.

Tools were reg­u­larly tar­geted by thieves and po­lice urged all trades­peo­ple to pho­to­graph their tools and take a record of their se­rial num­bers, en­sure ve­hi­cles and build­ings are locked and se­cu­rity is in place on site. of

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