Burglary victim offers $5k reward

By Sam Hurley

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A burglary victim has offered a $5000 reward for any info that will help Police catch the thieves.
A burglary victim has offered a $5000 reward for any info that will help Police catch the thieves.

A Westshore resident is offering a $5000 reward for the apprehension and conviction of the burglars who ransacked his home.

The man, who did not wish to be named, returned to his house on Monday morning after five days away to find a "typhoon" had torn through his home.

"I was away for five days and am now a burglary statistic."

He said the reward would be paid only if the information led to a successful apprehension and conviction of the offender/s.

"I thought the reward may help police with the number of burglaries on the rise.

"I'm not hopeful of getting anything back but the reward may help police catch the guys before they reoffend."

He said items taken included two TV sets, two laptops and a substantial amount of jewellery, in addition to passports, cheque books and other personal papers, which he placed high importance on.

"Getting the documents or papers back would be a bonus," he said.

"A personal reward is unusual but I am so pissed off that I just want someone to supply the information to assist the police."

Detective Sergeant Jason Crowe said there were avenues of investigation on the burglary but police did not have any description of the offender/s.

In his experience, it was rare for a complainant to offer a reward for information regarding a burglary.

The Westshore man said he had spoken to Mr Crowe who was happy for him to offer a reward for the apprehension and conviction of the villains - of which he believes there must have been two or three.

"Something must have spooked them, the big TVs were ready to go out the door ... these guys just have no class at all either.

"They drunk all the beer in my fridge - but left the cigars and expensive wine.

"I am very keen to have these people caught as other people have, or will be affected by their actions."

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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