Thieves go green, tar­get­ing pot plants

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - PO­LICE RE­PORT

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).

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