Thieves go green, targeting pot plants
Pot plants were among the unusual items targeted by thieves in Matamata, as police warn people to secure property.
It marked a spike in burglaries in the town over the past week.
Twelve were reported, with unlocked outdoor sheds, garden decorations and exterior buildings targeted.
In the breakdown, a television was taken from a home on Rata St, a mountain bike from Rimu St, a waterblaster was taken from a home in Smith St, a car on Firth St was tampered with and petrol cans were taken from Park Lane.
Pot plants and outdoor ornaments were taken from properties in O’Sullivan Dr, Tashi Place and McKenzie Place.
Businesses in Arawa St and Buckland Rd were also targeted.
‘‘Please beware of people lurking around your property scooping it out,’’ says Matamata police officer in charge Blair Hayde.
‘‘Remember your mobile phone probably has a camera, take a discrete photo or get the video running if you see something or someone suspicious.
‘‘In relation to the pot plants, this is an unusual item to be targeted. If someone tries to sell you these or they are on the community website please let us know, some of them hold great sentimental owners.’’ value to their either arrested or summonsed in the past week.
Four arrests were related to four people who had been arrested on warrants for failing to appear at court, and one person who breached bail conditions.
The summons offences were driving related with four people charged with driving while disqualified or driving while forbidden or suspended. encouraging people to continue to contact police with any information relating to his whereabouts.
Police are also seeking Sean Wilson who also has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear at the district court.
To report crime, contact police on 111 or 0800 crime stoppers (555 111).