Papamoa residents nab burglar

By Genevieve Helliwell


A would-be burglar was disturbed and chased through Papamoa before he was tracked down by police dogs and caught early this morning.

Tauranga police Senior Sergeant Carl Purcell said the alleged offender was in police cells and they were still gathering information about the incident.

He said in the early hours of this morning a man was disturbed by a homeowner as he tried to break into the  Papamoa home.

Police were called to the scene but the man managed to get away before he was arrested, Mr Purcell said.

"Police then put a cordon in place in the area then about 7am a member of the public rang in saying someone was in their backyard and the person matched the description of the man police were interested in locating.''

The alleged offender had left the address by the time police arrived however police received another phone call from a member of the public saying a man had been in their backyard and they gave the direction he travelled in.''

A police dog helped track the man and he was located by a police patrol nearby.

Mr Purcell could not give details of which road the man was found on as he did not have the details immediately with him.

A Tauranga man is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today in relation to the alleged burglary.

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