Cheap items for sale could be stolen

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - PO­LICE RE­PORT

Po­lice are warn­ing res­i­dents about pur­chas­ing cheap elec­tronic items at on­line mar­ket places.

The warn­ing fol­lows a re­cent break-in at Te Kura o Wa­haroa where a large num­ber of elec­tronic items were stolen.

‘‘...if some­one is sell­ing an iPad re­ally cheaply on Face­book there is gen­er­ally some­thing sus­pi­cious go­ing on,’’ says Mata­mata po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Blair Hayde.

‘‘If you get caught with it you will be charged with re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, the item taken from you; and your house searched for other items.

‘‘Don’t buy it and even bet­ter re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious to po­lice.’’

Po­lice are also seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of Bar­ney Te Hau (pic­tured) who they say can help with their en­quires into the bur­glary of Te Kura o Wa­haroa, and Michelle O’Brien (pic­tured), who also has a war­rant for her ar­rest and is pos­si­bly as­so­ci­at­ing with Te Hau.

‘‘If some­one is sell­ing an iPad cheaply on Face­book there is some­thing sus­pi­cious go­ing on.’’

dis­cretely take pho­tos if po­lice have been called.

Sheds con­tinue to be tar­geted with re­ports of stolen lawn mow­ers and power tools from Sta­tion Road and Sed­don Street.

‘‘Please lock your sheds up,’’ says Hayde.

‘‘The harder you make it for them, the eas­ier it is for us to get a foren­sic break.’’

REXINE HAWES

Blair Hayde warns against buy­ing cheap elec­tronic equip­ment on on-line mar­ket places.

Po­lice have a war­rant for the ar­rest of Bar­ney Te Hau. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should ring 111.

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