Thefts end in club’s clo­sure

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

When Toko­roa Bowl­ing Club mem­bers at­tended a re­cent com­mit­tee meet­ing lit­tle did they know what lay be­neath them.

Or the lack of what lay be­neath them.

Some­time from Queen’s Birth­day Week­end to Wed­nes­day, June 8, cop­per pipes un­der the clu­b­rooms in the South Waikato town’s Cham­bers St were stolen. The cul­prits are yet to be ap­pre­hended.

Man­ager Wayne Jowett said the club has been left shocked by the theft.

‘‘The club was hav­ing a meet­ing and came over to the Toko­roa Club and said they had no gas or wa­ter so we called Steve Nor­man Plumb­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘They couldn’t see any­thing up­stairs in the club so they went and had a look un­der the club to see what was hap­pen­ing. Five min­utes later they came back and said a large num­ber of cop­per pipes had been ripped out.’’

Jowett said al­though the club has in­sur­ance it has had to shut un­til re­pair work can be car­ried out.

‘‘Ef­fec­tively the bowl­ing club is shut un­til such a time as it is re­paired. There is no wa­ter and there is no gas,’’ he said.

He said he was dumb­founded as to why some­one would tar­get the club.

Act­ing area re­sponse man­ager sergeant Brett Watene said al­though the po­lice spent sub­stan­tial time in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent in­quires have come to ‘‘a dead end’’.

‘‘Foren­sic work came back neg­a­tive on the pipes left be­hind at the scene and no sus­pects have been iden­ti­fied,’’ he said.

Watene said it was com­mon for thieves to tar­get cop­per.

‘‘There are oc­ca­sions through this patch that we do get spikes in cop­per be­ing stolen but this has been an iso­lated case,’’ he said.

He said both com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties can be hit and ad­vised peo­ple to have ad­e­quate security in place.

‘‘CCTV is re­ally good but it is ex­pen­sive so dogs and alarms are still the best op­tion for most peo­ple,’’ he said.

Watene also rec­om­mended peo­ple get in­volved in a Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port group.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent con­tact the Toko­roa Po­lice Sta­tion on 885 0100 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

For­mer prin­ci­pal and con­victed pae­dophile Bruce Dar­roch has been sent to prison.

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Cop­per pipes from un­der the Toko­roa Bowl­ing Club have been stolen forc­ing its tem­po­rary closer.

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