Ar­rest in hos­pice shop bur­glary

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Waipuku­rau po­lice have made an ar­rest and a man has ap­peared in the Hast­ings District Court after do­na­tions were taken from the Cran­ford Hos­pice Char­ity Shop in Waipuku­rau over a pe­riod of three months.

Danny Vic­tor Mor­ri­son, 47, was charged with 11 counts of bur­glary and was bailed to a Hast­ings ad­dress, to ap­pear in the Waipuku­rau District Court on Jan­uary 21.

Po­lice made the ar­rest after in­stalling a covert cam­era at the back of the char­ity shop, which sells do­nated goods to raise money for Cran­ford Hos­pice.

Po­lice say the thefts had been oc­cur­ring most week­ends since Septem­ber but had es­ca­lated un­til they were hap­pen­ing nearly every night.

The cam­era pho­tographed a sus­pect at about 4am on eight sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. While his face was ob­scured by a hoodie, ini­tial pic­tures showed dis­tinc­tive hand tat­toos. A break­through oc­curred after the cam­era was shifted and cap­tured a clear view of the sus­pect’s face.

Vol­un­teers in the char­ity shop were fur­ther alerted when a man came in ask­ing to buy speak­ers for a stereo which had been stolen from the shop the pre­vi­ous night.

CCTV cam­eras in Waipuku­rau had also picked up sight­ings of a sus­pect car­ry­ing bags out of Ru­atani­wha Street’s south ser­vice lane and picked up his di­rec­tion of travel.

Po­lice tracked the sus­pect to an ad­dress which they found crammed with goods that the shop’s vol­un­teers iden­ti­fied as the stolen items.

The sus­pect was ar­rested and ap­peared in Hast­ings District Court last week.

Po­lice say they when they ex­e­cuted the war­rant they also ap­pre­hended a “top five” vi­o­lent Hast­ings of­fender.

Later in the week they were back at Waipuku­rau’s Cran­ford Hos­pice Char­ity Shop to help vol­un­teers to beef up the se­cu­rity mea­sures in the do­na­tion and stor­age area.

The shop’s man­ager Lisa Wat­son says the ar­rest of a sus­pect was a good re­sult.

“We worked closely with Po­lice and we had a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity. The sad part is, if any­one is that des­per­ate for help with clothes or house­hold items, just speak to us and we can help, or get you help.”

Each year Cran­ford Hos­pice has to raise $2.8 mil­lion from the com­mu­nity to pro­vide free, spe­cial­ist, pal­lia­tive care to dy­ing peo­ple and sup­port for their fam­i­lies in Hawke’s Bay.

Con­sta­bles Andy Walker and Shane Brooks help­ing out at Waipuku­rau’s Cran­ford Hos­pice Char­ity Shop, in­creas­ing the se­cu­rity in the do­na­tions and stor­age ar­eas.

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