Police warn over scrap metal thefts
A spike in scrap metal theft in rural Matamata has police asking metal dealers to be wary.
There were three scrap metal thefts reported in Te Poi and the wider area over a 10-day period, targeting metal framed bikes, hot water cylinders, taps and piping.
Matamata police officer in charge Blair Hayde says he is seeking the co-operation of the community to report any stolen items and any suspicious behaviour in relation to such stolen goods.
‘‘Please be on the look out for people in possession of such items.
‘‘Police are following up some strong leads as to where these items are ending up and warn scrap metal dealers not to become involved.’’
Also in Te Poi, police responded to a call from the owners of a short-term lease property which was rented by a group of people who intended to use the rural address to cook methamphetamine.
Owners became suspicious and called in to the property discovering items that caused them concern and they alerted police.
‘‘Prior to police arriving, the occupants scattered in different directions,’’ said Hayde.
‘‘Police were able to locate one of the group and he has been charged with significant drug manufacturing offences.
‘‘What saved the property owners significant clean up costs was the gut feeling something was not right then doing the right thing by going to meet the hirers.’’ of breach of bail, one for manufacturing methamphetamine and also burglary, one for breach of domestic violence safety order, one for driving while disqualified and failing to stop for police, one for disorderly behaviour and one for burglary.
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‘‘One of the party presented a knife and inflicted serious wounds on the other party. This person is now facing serious charges which will have serious consequences.
‘‘Knives in public are not appropriate and escalate simple disagreements into major incidents.’’
Scrap metal dealers are being warned not to accept metal they suspect may be stolen.