Man on the run ends in ar­rest

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - BENN BATH­GATE

A two-week Bay of Plenty wide crime spree was fu­elled by al­most $1500 of stolen petrol, court doc­u­ments have re­vealed.

The man­hunt for the al­leged of­fender, Te Morehu Enoka, 27, prompted police to shut down a South Waikato town be­fore he was ap­pre­hended at a Ro­torua prop­erty at ap­prox­i­mately 11pm on Wed­nes­day night.

Enoka, 27, dressed in a blue police boil­er­suit, ap­peared at Ro­torua District Court via Au­dio Vis­ual Link on Thurs­day.

More de­tails have emerged of the 23 charges he faces, the most se­ri­ous be­ing use of a firearm against a police con­sta­ble and griev­ous bod­ily harm, al­leged to have been com­mit­ted dur­ing the ag­gra­vated rob­bery of a Paen­garoa Liquor Store in West­ern Bay of Plenty on May 14.

The al­leged crime spree be­gan on April 29 with the theft of $109.50 of petrol from a Ro­torua Z En­ergy.

Over the next 14 days there were a fur­ther eight al­leged petrol thefts to­talling $1444.25, six breakins, the theft of a Ute, failure to stop, driv­ing reck­lessly, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and the dam­age of a ve­hi­cle by fire.

Enoka’s ar­rest came af­ter the Te Puke man al­legedly drove off from a Toko­roa petrol sta­tion on Wed­nes­day with­out pay­ing.

Nearby Man­gakino was in lock­down overnight Wed­nes­day as at­tempts were made to hunt him down.

The man­hunt for al­leged of­fender Te Morehu Enoka prompted police to shut down a South Waikato town.

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