Police hunt escaped prisoner
South Waikato police are looking for Patrick Junior Atutahi, aged 22 years.
He is a male maori, has long black hair and is about 160cm tall.
Atutahi appeared in the Tokoroa District Court on Monday, November 14, on serious assault charges and was remanded in custody. He escaped after his hearing while being transported from the Tokoroa Court.
Sightings of him should be reported to police immediately.
Farms around the South Waikato have begun planting maize.
Every summer maize crops are used by cannabis growers to grow and conceal their crops, maize is seen as a good place for growers to carry out their illegal activity.
Another concern is that while these people are illegally on farm properties, items of value are being interfered with and stolen.
Farmers are urged to report any suspicious activity to police, sightings of vehicles and persons in strange places out in country areas will be of interest to police.
If any cannabis is found growing on your property please report this to your local police station.
It has been a quiet weekend for Tokoroa Police with only one arrest for drink driving.
Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill said although this is a pleasing result, it’s still not good enough.
‘‘A pleasing result would be zero arrests. It is a timely reminder with summer coming up that people plan ahead when enjoying a night out.’’
Mr Hill said there have been four reported burglaries in Tokoroa, two of which have been solved.
The two unsolved burglaries occurred at rural addresses.
‘‘We want to remind our rural residents to lock up.’’