Police step up arson patrols
Tokoroa police are increasing patrols on the Elizabeth Drive to deter further arsons, following the fifth attack on a residential home on the street.
Last week South Waikato News interviewed home owner Kristy Gordon after the fourth arson attack, which gutted the lounge part of her home. Ms Gordon and her two primary school- aged daughters lived at the address, but had to move to a relative’s home after the first attack.
Ms Gordon said she had her suspicions about who may be behind the attacks and had divulged the information to police.
The fires have occurred between May 16 and June 10.
Detective sergeant Kevan Verry said the fires had been deliberately lit and occurred at different times of the day.
‘‘While we have a large amount of information about the events we still believe that people in our community have further information about who is responsible for these fires and we urge those people to contact us – any information can be in confidence,’’ Mr Verry said.
Police are urging residents to contact them if they notice anything suspicious.
‘‘If anybody sees people they believe are acting suspiciously please contact the police immediately and a response unit will investigate it further . . . Detectives will continue to investigate the case.’’
Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact Tokoroa Police on 078 850 123.
Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.