Quick ac­tions help stop ma­chete thief

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - SE­NIOR SERGEANT JA­SON HEN­DER­SON Fam­ily vi­o­lence Crime pre­ven­tion

On Satur­day af­ter­noon we had a rob­bery at a lo­cal dairy where a sin­gle male has en­tered the store with a ma­chete and he has threat­ened the shop owner. He man­aged to get a very small amount of money be­fore de­camp­ing.

Thank­fully a mem­ber of the pub­lic saw him and thought some­thing looked out of place so he ap­pre­hended him and held him un­til po­lice ar­rived.

As a re­sult a 23-year-old lo­cal male is now fac­ing court and has been re­manded in cus­tody. For a few dol­lars this thief could now be fac­ing 14 years in prison.

Po­lice com­mend the brave work of the man who ap­pre­hended him as it could very well have pre­vented fur­ther in­ci­dents of this na­ture from tak­ing place.

If you do con­front these sorts of peo­ple the big­gest thing re­ally is if you do not feel safe, which will be in most cases, just start record­ing and mem­o­ris­ing de­tails smartly and ev­ery­one has cell­phones these days so take a photo.

In this case the store did have good CCTV footage so we would likely have ap­pre­hended the guy any­way but that is not to take away from the mem­ber of the pub­lic putting his hand up and his bril­liant ac­tions.

This was an iso­lated in­ci­dent and is not likely to hap­pen again as we have caught the of­fender and we’re not look­ing for any­one else.

The dairy owner has asked to re­main anony­mous.

We had a rea­son­able week with four bur­glar­ies re­ported and in­quires are on­go­ing. Three of these took place in the cen­tral busi­ness district area and one in Ati­a­muri.

We had 12 re­ports of fam­ily vi­o­lence this week and two of these re­sulted in charges be­ing laid. These were for tres­pass­ing and a mi­nor as­sault.

At this time of year with the warmer weather peo­ple are leav­ing win­dows and doors open when they leave their houses and com­ing up to Christ­mas op­por­tunist thiefs are tak­ing ad­van­tage of it.

Make sure your prop­erty is se­cured be­fore you go out which can even be for five or 10 min­utes be­cause that’s all it takes for these peo­ple to get in and get out.

The same ad­vice ap­plies when it comes to leav­ing ve­hi­cles.

A Toko­roa dairy was robbed.

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