Com­mu­nity helps po­lice make ar­rests

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

Ar­rests made in the last few weeks are a prime ex­am­ple of the po­lice and the Mata­mata com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako po­lice preven­tion sergeant Blair Hayde said due to peo­ple re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, po­lice made sev­eral ar­rests and lo­cated a huge amount of stolen prop­erty.

‘‘Cour­tesy of ob­ser­vant mem­bers of pub­lic, two peo­ple known to po­lice were seen on bikes stolen from be­hind Re­doubt Bar and Eatery,’’ he said.

‘‘As a re­sult po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant and we have one per­son in cus­tody and the bikes, and a large amount of stolen prop­erty was re­cov­ered.’’

Hayde said he is ap­plaud­ing Opal Hot Springs staff who were also in­stru­men­tal in po­lice lo­cat­ing stolen prop­erty and mak­ing ar­rests.

Hayde said for the week from Fe­bru­ary 23, there had been sev­eral bur­glar­ies in the ur­ban ar­eas of Mata­mata, in­clud­ing Smith St, Portsmouth Pl and Rawhiti Ave.

He said it’s a timely re­minder for peo­ple to be ex­tra cau­tious about home se­cu­rity, keep­ing win­dows and doors locked in homes, cars and out­side sheds and re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

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