Ram-raid teens tracked down af­ter po­lice use lo­cal knowl­edge

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PO­LICE have tracked down four teens be­hind an early morn­ing ram raid on a Te Awa­mutu dairy.

One of the boys, all aged be­tween 13 and 15, is also sus­pected of com­mit­ting a series of prop­erty and ve­hi­cle crimes in the Waipa town over the past week.

Around 5.20am on Fri­day, a car was re­versed through the store front of the Pu­niu Rd dairy and cig­a­rettes, choco­late and lol­lies stolen. Shortly af­ter, po­lice found the ve­hi­cle dumped at a nearby skate park.

Waikato po­lice Western Area Com­man­der In­spec­tor An­drew Mor­ti­more said. ‘‘By the end of the day, they had iden­ti­fied, lo­cated and ar­rested all four of the young peo­ple in­volved in the bur­glary."

He praised the lo­cal of­fi­cers for "know­ing their com­mu­nity".

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