CHB Mail - - NEWS - BY GLYNN SHARP Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble

■ On Thurs­day, May 17 an el­derly man with­drew cash from the West­pac ATM in Waipawa, but ac­ci­dently left his card in the ma­chine when he left. An­other per­son stand­ing be­hind him then used his card to with­draw $300. This of­fender could see that this gen­tle­man was a su­per­an­nu­i­tant and still took ad­van­tage, which makes their ac­tions even more de­spi­ca­ble. Please be vig­i­lant us­ing these ma­chines, and make sure you com­plete your trans­ac­tion and re­trieve your card.

■ On May 18, Cen­tral Eques­trian on High Street in Waipawa was bur­gled. Of­fend­ers forced one of the win­dows and reached in to re­move an un­known num­ber of horse cov­ers which were on shelves just in­side the win­dow. These cov­ers are the WeatherBeeta brand. Please con­tact po­lice or the shop owner if you hear of any­one try­ing to sell new horse cov­ers.

■ On May 20, a car was bro­ken into out­side a Car­pen­ter St ad­dress in Waipuku­rau and a hunt­ing jacket was stolen.

■ On May 22, a trades­man’s ve­hi­cle was bro­ken into on Mitchell Street in Waipuku­rau and power tools val­ued at $2500 were stolen in­clud­ing a Hi­tachi pow­er­drill, Hi­tachi power grinder, Dwalt ham­mer drill, Dwalt im­pact driver, Dwalt cord­less grinder, and Dwalt multi-tool. Please con­tact po­lice or CRIMESTOP­PERS on 0800 555 111 if you have any in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to these of­fences or any­thing else of in­ter­est to po­lice.

■ On May 21, two young men at­tempted a rather am­bi­tious walk from the Kash­mir Rd end to the Waika­maka Hut in the Ruahine Ranges. They grossly un­der­es­ti­mated the time and ef­fort in­volved and ended up be­ing stranded in dark­ness, bad weather and low cloud. For­tu­nately they were able to use their cell phones to raise the alarm. They were lo­cated by po­lice Land SAR in the early hours of the morn­ing and led to the shel­ter of the Hinerua Hut for the rest of the night. This should serve as a re­minder to all out­door en­thu­si­asts to make sure that you are plan­ning trips well within your ca­pa­bil­i­ties at this time of the year. The Ruahine Ranges can be very un­for­giv­ing, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the win­ter months.

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