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Last week Pu­taruru po­lice dealt with a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth for steal­ing a car from Pu­taruru.

The pair stole elec­tronic items from the car be­fore go­ing on a joyride and dump­ing the ve­hi­cle in Pu­taruru.

The 19-year old was due to ap­pear in the Toko­roa Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day and the youth is ap­pear­ing in the Toko­roa Youth Court on Fri­day. A bur­glary was also re­ported at a ru­ral Oko­roire ad­dress.

Se­nior sergeant Ja­son Shailer said it was a re­minder to ev­ery­one to en­sure their prop­er­ties were locked.

Another six bur­glar­ies were re­ported to the Toko­roa po­lice.

Toko­roa se­nior sergeant Graeme Hill said most of the premises were left un­locked but there had been a cou­ple of in­stances where doors were kicked in.

‘‘If you have drug houses in your area and cars keep driv­ing up and down the street, tell us about it, th­ese are the things that at­tract th­ese peo­ple to ar­eas.’’

There has also been an in­crease of shoplift­ing in the CBD.

‘‘We re­ally want re­tail­ers in town to start tak­ing mea­sures in town to de­ter shoplifters.’’

In Toko­roa a 41-year woman was se­ri­ously as­saulted by her part­ner.

Hill said a 26-year old man had been charged.

He ap­peared in the Ro­torua Dis­trict Court on Mon­day and was re­manded with bail.

The mat­ter will go back to court in Jan­uary 2015 for sen­tenc­ing.

The small drink driv­ing cam­paign rolled out two weeks ago seemed to have worked, ac­cord­ing to Hill.

Two drink driv­ers were caught last week com­pared to eight the week be­fore.

Po­lice will push the cam­paign three weeks lead­ing up to the changeover of the new le­gal lim­its, he said. Toko­roa Vol­un­teer fire bri­gade ended the quiet week with ‘‘sus­pi­cious’’ rub­bish fires in the CBD.

Fire chief Dave Mor­ris said the bri­gade was called out to ex­tin­guish four rub­bish fires at 10.40pm on Sun­day . Mor­ris said the Toko­roa po­lice had been no­ti­fied.

Fire­works are on sale and Mor­ris said while Toko­roa res­i­dents were gen­er­ally sen­si­ble, pre­cau­tions al­ways needed to be taken. Fire­works should be lit by an adult and an­i­mals should be locked away. ‘‘Once you’re fin­ished light­ing the fire­works, walk around the area and make sure there are no em­bers.’’

Pu­taruru Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade was rea­son­ably quiet with a mi­nor scrub fire and med­i­cal as­sists.

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