Burglary arrests ‘tip of the iceberg’ – senior sergeant
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.