Stolen build­ing sup­plies, tools re­cov­ered

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS WEEKEND - SEAN NUGENT

A HUGE haul of stolen build­ing sup­plies was re­cov­ered by Wanaka po­lice yes­ter­day, and more are still to be found.

Sergeant Miriam Red­ding­ton, of Wanaka, said po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a Wanaka build­ing site yes­ter­day and re­cov­ered a ‘‘sub­stan­tial amount’’ of tim­ber, scaf­fold­ing and a large amount of other build­ing ma­te­rial and builders’ tools.

A 22­year­old Wanaka man was ar­rested and charged with four counts of bur­glary and will ap­pear in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court on Mon­day.

‘‘These bur­glar­ies were com­mit­ted over the last three months where sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars’ worth of build­ing sup­plies and equip­ment was stolen,’’ Sgt Red­ding­ton said.

Sgt Red­ding­ton told the Otago Daily Times more charges were ‘‘highly an­tic­i­pated’’.

‘‘This has prob­a­bly come to our at­ten­tion in the last month or so, but there have been a lot of sim­i­lar bur­glar­ies since the start of the year.’’

A sim­i­lar method had been used in all the bur­glar­ies, which were iso­lated to Queen­stown and Wanaka, she said.

‘‘Once you pull a thread ev­ery­thing starts to un­ravel.’’

Sgt Red­ding­ton said other prop­erty re­cently re­cov­ered in­cluded a con­tainer filled with builders’ equip­ment and ma­chin­ery; a Hyundai dig­ger and two trail­ers; drop saws; gen­er­a­tors; nail guns; power tools; and wooden box­ing.

The seized items would be held at the Wanaka po­lice sta­tion and po­lice wished to hear from trades­peo­ple and build­ing re­tail­ers who might have lost equip­ment over the past few months.

PHOTO: NZ PO­LICE

Re­cov­ered items . . . A sig­nif­i­cant amount of stolen build­ing sup­plies and tools has been re­cov­ered by Wanaka po­lice. Con­sta­ble Greg No­let stands in front of a seized con­tainer full of scaf­fold­ing and ma­chin­ery.

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