Police search for Barney continues
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.