Bur­glary ar­rests ‘tip of the ice­berg’ – se­nior sergeant

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A spate of bur­glar­ies in Toko­roa is yet to end but two peo­ple in­volved have been ar­rested.

Se­nior sergeant Graeme Hill said the pair were caught last week.

One was charged with the theft from 11 ve­hi­cles and the other with three.

Both were to ap­pear in court on Mon­day but Hill said one of those caught might have done more.

‘‘I sus­pect he’s done well in ex­cess of 11, if any­one has in­for­ma­tion we are happy to speak to them.’’

The ‘‘el­e­vated’’ level of bur­glar­ies still had po­lice pa­trolling the streets, Hill said.

The ar­rests of the two men were only the tip of the ice­berg, he said.

‘‘There are two fur­ther groups that we know of who are of­fend­ing but we have no ev­i­dence.’’

Hill laid some of the blame on Face­book posts.

‘‘The last cou­ple of weeks, from a po­lice point of view, have been dis­ap­point­ing with what has been posted on Face­book.’’

The mur­murs on so­cial me­dia have made it easy for the of­fend­ers to hide, ac­cord­ing to Hill.

‘‘ Some of the com­ments are of peo­ple say­ing the po­lice aren’t do­ing a good job but of­fi­cers are pa­trolling the streets while it’s freez­ing and peo­ple are tucked up in bed,’’ Hill said.

Garages have been a pri­mary tar­get and lawn­mow­ers and chain­saws have been stolen.

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