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Gear stolen from un­locked cars

Rugby train­ing ended badly for one team at the Pu­taruru Rugby Club af­ter items were stolen from parked cars.

Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Shailer said four cars were en­tered.

‘‘None of them were locked, thieves stole things such as phones, wal­lets and elec­tronic gear.

‘‘ Peo­ple need to ve­hi­cles.’’

Chain­saws have also been stolen from Pu­taruru homes.

‘‘Once again peo­ple are not lock­ing sheds or even putting their gear away, by lock­ing away your valu­ables it will make it much harder for thieves to op­er­ate.’’ Stolen bike A Ti­rau cou­ple has sent out a plea to have their son’s dirt bike re­turned af­ter it was stolen.

The garage on their rented prop­erty on the cor­ner of SH1 and SH5 in Ti­rau was bro­ken into on Fri­day night and a 1994 Honda XR200 was taken along with tools.

The se­rial num­bers have been recorded and if you have any in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Pu­taruru po­lice on 07 883 8199 or ring 0800 CRIMESTOP­PERS – 555 111.

Truck and trailer tip near Pu­taruru

A driver es­caped un­scathed af­ter the truck and trailer unit he was driv­ing tipped near Pu­taruru on June 3.

Taupo road polic­ing unit sergeant Wil­lie Hale said it ap­peared the metal car­rier had trav­elled too far left, and the heavy load had dragged it off the road and into a pad­dock.

He said only one ve­hi­cle was in­volved in the ac­ci­dent that hap­pened on Wilts­down Road and thank­fully there were no in­juries.

Po­lice dis­ap­pointed in drink driver num­bers

Sev­eral drink driv­ers were caught in Toko­roa dur­ing May which was ‘‘dis­ap­point­ing’’ to po­lice.

There were 10 drink driv­ers for the month with the high­est be­ing twice the legal limit at 800.

‘‘This is dis­ap­point­ing due to the num­ber and cur­rent weather con­di­tions. Po­lice will be out in force pa­trolling li­censed venues,’’ Constable Rick Ru­dolph said. Chain­saws tar­geted Chain­saws have been a tar­get in bur­glar­ies over the last few weeks in Toko­roa.

Ru­dolph said po­lice are in­ter­ested in in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the items stolen.

‘‘ We are look­ing for any in­for­ma­tion about th­ese of­fences or any in­for­ma­tion about per­sons sell­ing chain­saws cheaply in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.’’



Lucky es­cape crash

A crash in Ati­a­muri re­sulted in a lucky es­cape for two driv­ers on June 3.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about 1.30pm on SH1 about 22km south of Toko­roa.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Dave Mor­ris, who at­tended the scene, said a van and a truck were in­volved. He said there were only mi­nor in­juries.

One res­i­dent who did not wish to be named was watch­ing tele­vi­sion at the time.

‘‘I thought the truck had a popped tyre. I just heard a crack.’’

The el­derly res­i­dent has lived in the house next to the high­way for six years and said it wasn’t an area known for crashes. Man­gakino fire in­ves­ti­gated Fire safety of­fi­cers will in­ves­ti­gate how a Man­gakino house fire started in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing.

Two fire ap­pli­ances, one from Toko­roa and the other from Man­gakino were at the scene of the ‘‘ small’’ blaze on Mitchell Rd in Man­gakino just af­ter 1.30am.

Man­gakino chief fire of­fi­cer Craig Snow­ball said the fire, which started on the deck, was put out by the oc­cu­pants with a fire ex­tin­guisher and wa­ter.

‘‘The oc­cu­pants of the house were awo­ken by the smoke alarm.’’

Snow­ball said fire of­fi­cers stayed at the prop­erty for about an hour and a half check­ing for hot spots and tak­ing off the af­fected cladding. Fog re­sults in car flip Oc­cu­pants of a car walked away with no in­juries af­ter their car flipped in Man­gakino

Snow­ball said the ac­ci­dent oc­cured on Waipapa Road in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing and the oc­cu­pants were out of the car by the time the brigade ar­rived.

‘‘It was on its roof when we got there.’’

The brigade helped with traf­fic con­trol and mov­ing the car off the road.

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A van hit a truck in Ati­a­muri on June 3.

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