Community helps police make arrests
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.