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.
A van hit a truck in Atiamuri on June 3.