Stolen gear re­cov­ered

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Gear taken from two Toko­roa com­mer­cial prop­er­ties was re­cov­ered from a Man­gakino ad­dress.

A quad bike and strops used to tie down ve­hi­cles which were taken at about 5am on June 12.

Sergeant Phil Ed­wards said the items were re­cov­ered at an ad­dress in Man­gakino on the morn­ing of June 15.

No ar­rests have been made but Ed­wards said the sus­pects were from the Hamil­ton/Ro­torua area.

Graf­fiti hits Toko­roa

An anony­mous artist has gained the at­ten­tion of po­lice af­ter spread­ing his or her work across Toko­roa.

‘‘A bit of graf­fiti has been pop­ping about around the place,’’ Ed­wards said.

While the tag­ging was il­leg­i­ble, it ap­peared to be done by the same per­son, he said.

Op­er­a­tion Po­lice Pres­ence in town

Res­i­dents will see more po­lice on the streets next month. Op­er­a­tion Po­lice Pres­ence will be in full force with po­lice com­ing from out of town to pa­trol the town, par­tic­u­larly tar­get­ing traf­fic of­fences.

Prop­er­ties searched in drug raid

A drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by the Bay of Plenty Po­lice has re­sulted in sev­eral ar­rests, in­clud­ing two men from Toko­roa.

Four­teen search war­rants were ex­e­cuted in Tau­ranga, Toko­roa and Taupo on June 12 and were aimed at dis­rupt­ing the man­u­fac­ture and sup­ply of metham­phetamine by or­gan­ised crim­i­nal groups.

About 80 po­lice staff were in­volved in the op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing as­sis­tance from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Armed Of­fend­ers Squads, Toko­roa CIB and a spe­cial­ist search dog from Welling­ton.

Metham­phetamine, cannabis, thou­sands of dol­lars in cash, and sus­pected stolen prop­erty were re­cov­ered from the search war­rants across the three towns.

Two Toko­roa men aged 42 years old and 47 years old were ar­rested.

Car chase ends in ar­rest

A 15 minute pur­suit through ru­ral South Waikato roads ended in an ar­rest for one man.

Ed­wards said the 32-yearold driver was caught speed­ing by Pu­taruru po­lice and failed to stop at about 2pm on June 12.

He was chased down Old Taupo Road and the pur­suit ended on Sco­tia Glen St in Pu­taruru.

It was re­vealed that the man was a dis­qual­i­fied driver.

Rise in thefts and bur­glar­ies

Pu­taruru po­lice have recorded a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant rise’’ in thefts and bur­glar­ies over the last few weeks.

Se­nior sergeant Jason Shailer said items such as chain­saws had been taken from a mix­ture of ru­ral and ur­ban prop­er­ties.

‘‘We are work­ing hard to find the cul­prits and re­turn prop­erty to their own­ers and have been pleased with some of the in­for­ma­tion com­ing in so far.

‘‘If you are of­fered a cheap chain­saw, a deal too good to be true or if you know who has been steal­ing and of­fload­ing them con­tact the po­lice on 07 883 8199 or anony­mously with crimestop­pers 0800 555 111.’’

Pur­chas­ing the items may mean you could be charged with re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty and have a date with the judge, he said.

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