Po­lice warn over scrap metal thefts

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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.

A se­ri­ous as­sault in a Mata- If you see any­thing sus­pi­cious or want to re­port a crime, you can ring: Call emer­gency ser­vices on 111. Or call 0800 crime stop­pers (555 111). mata bar re­sulted in a man and a woman be­ing ar­rested.

‘‘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.

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