COROMANDEL-HAURAKI POLICE REPORT
There was one arrest for breach of bail in Paeroa area last week. A gun was discharged, drugs and stolen property were seized and several properties were burgled. Monday, May 31 Police executed a search warrant at a property on Waiau Road, Athenree following burglaries in the area. A stolen, late model Audi SUV was seized. The suspect was not present. Thursday, June 3 A pedestrian walking in fog at Morrinsville-tahuna Rd was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was hospitalised. The suspect from Monday’s Athenree search warrant was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. Further charges may follow. Friday, June 4 A vehicle stolen on Thursday from Starfish social services at Matamata was found at Waharoa. Overnight, burglars forced entry to the Ngatea Foodmart by smashing through a wall. CCTV shows them attempting unsuccessfully to force open a cigarette cabinet. A white Honda station wagon tailgated another motorist at Waharoa with their headlights on full beam. The vehicle pulled up alongside the victim and a male brandishing a hammer demanded the victim pull over. The victim managed to escape. Police are investigating. Saturday, June 5 Five property owners returning to their holiday homes at Waihi and the beach over Queens Birthday weekend discovered they had been burgled. Four sheds and one house were broken into. Police are investigating. Four Whangamata youths were found with cannabis in a condemned property at The Drive. They were collected by their parents and referred to Youth Aid. A Paeroa man wanted by police for alleged firearms and violence offences earlier in the day was observed driving at Thames. He allegedly fled from police and was pursued. Police stopped him and he was taken into custody. A firearm and methamphetamine were seized. He allegedly discharged a firearm at a Willoughby St, Thames, address, stole a vehicle and assaulted a victim. He was held in custody for court. Four masked offenders entered Value Foodmart at Waharoa and allegedly stole cigarettes. One of the offenders allegedly threw a piece of wood at a victim’s head while another armed with a golf club swung it at the manager a couple of times and smashed glass cabinets. The offenders fled from the scene after the victim activated a distress alarm. Police are investigating. A man and his vehicle were searched at Matamata. Half a kilogram of cannabis and a point bag of methamphetamine were seized. He was arrested and will appear in court. Two intoxicated drivers were processed at Matamata. The results were 720 and 600. Both offenders will be appearing in court. Sunday June 6 Morrinsville Caltex and BP gas stations were broken into over the weekend. The offender smashed windows with rocks to gain entry. A local male youth was apprehended a short time later. A wheel-spinning vehicle was disturbed by police at Waihi then fled. It was found parked nearby at Johnston Street minus the driver who was seen running through properties. The suspect dropped his wallet and cell phone outside the vehicle. He has been identified and is assisting police with the investigation. The vehicle was impounded. Crime Prevention Advice Target-hardening your property is one way you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary. You can deter offenders by investing in window stays, improved lighting and sensor lights, burglar alarms, gate sensors, CCTV and quality locks on doors, sheds and trailers. Trim hedges and trees to improve visibility and remove concealment for offenders. It allows you to see whose lurking around and neighbours to keep an eye on your property. Make your property appear occupied when you’re absent and lock everything up securely. Complacency creates opportunity. Police contacts Report crime online at 105. police.govt.nz – If it’s already happened call 105. If it’s happening now call 111. For traffic matters call *555 (mobile phone only). To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Paeroa, Waihi and Whangamata police station public counters are open business hours and police are working in the area 24/7.