Po­lice search for Bar­ney con­tin­ues

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Armed po­lice have searched a prop­erty in Mor­rinsville in the hunt for a dan­ger­ous wanted man.

Bar­ney Ter­auaroha Te Hau, 39, has been on the run for po­lice for months and is cur­rently wanted for breach­ing his bail and court re­lease con­di­tions.

On Thurs­day morn­ing po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion he may be re­sid­ing at a prop­erty on the Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Rd, Waikato po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Phil Rud­dell said.

‘‘Given the re­cent events in the Waikato we treated him with more cau­tion than is typ­i­cal when wanted peo­ple are sought.’’

One wit­ness re­ported see­ing at least two of­fi­cers armed with ri­fles out­side a prop­erty on the Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Rd.

Rud­dell said the ad­dress was searched but Te Hau was not lo­cated.

‘‘We are speak­ing with the oc­cu­pants of that prop­erty now.’’

A wanted post from Au­gust 3 de­scribed Te Hau as be­ing of medium to solid built, about 180cm tall and with con­tacts in the Mor­rinsville and Mata­mata area.

He has mul­ti­ple tat­toos on his left arm in­clud­ing a tribal de­sign on his fore­arm.

At the time it was thought he may have been driv­ing a sil­ver Subaru Legacy sta­tion­wagon.

Po­lice warn that he is con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous and is not to be ap­proached.

He has war­rants to ar­rest on a raft of charges in­clud­ing breach­ing bail con­di­tions and con­tra­ven­ing a pro­tec­tion or­der.

‘‘Po­lice warn he is con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous so do not ap­proach,’’ said the post.

How­ever, Rud­dell said there was no cur­rent threat to pub­lic safety.

‘‘We are ap­peal­ing for Mr Te Hau to hand him­self in, and for any­one with in­for­ma­tion about his where­abouts to con­tact us.’’

Te Hau has a long his­tory of of­fend­ing.

In 2014 he was jailed for 22 months on a raft of charges in­clud­ing ram­ming a stolen Subaru into a po­lice car near Thames be­fore go­ing on the run.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of Bar­ney Ter­auaroha Te Hau can con­tact Hamil­ton po­lice on 07 858 6200. In­for­ma­tion can also be left anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. BR200 coloured white, were stolen from a car­port.

On Pitt St and Jones St Wa­haroa, at­tempts were made to gain en­try to out­side sheds, which were both un­suc­cess­ful due to the qual­ity of phys­i­cal se­cu­rity.

A lawn edger gar­den tool was stolen from a gar­den Shed at a Wa­haroa Rd East prop­erty.

As well as deal­ing with thefts, po­lice have also re­sponded to thefts from service sta­tions, where both petrol and gro­ceries were tar­geted.

Bar­ney Ter­auaroha Te Hau, 39, has mul­ti­ple tat­toos on his left arm in­clud­ing a tribal de­sign on his fore­arm.

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