Warning as country thefts soar

By Kristin Edge

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A string of thefts from rural properties around Whangarei has seen thousands of dollars worth of agricultural tools stolen including tractors, quad bikes and chainsaws.


A number of the thefts have happened while residents have been sleeping in their homes nearby. None of the items have been found.


Whangarei Police Constable Natasha Waterhouse said there were 16 burglaries in two months from properties in the Mangakahia, Kokopu, Maungatapere, Maungakaramea and Otaika Valley areas.


Items stolen included quad bikes, tractors, trailers, four ride-on lawn mowers, tools and six chainsaws.


Petrol and diesel from farm storage tanks had also been stolen along with fishing rods. One post hole borer had also been taken.


Most had happened over night. In some cases, houses had been broken into and alcohol taken.


Police have sent out fliers to rural residents warning them of the spike in burglaries and making a plea for people to note and report any suspicious behaviour.


"This includes model, make, colour and registration of the vehicles or a description of the people."


For information on the burglaries, contact Ms Waterhouse, in confidence, on 09 430 4533 or natasha.waterhouse@police.govt.nz. If people wish to remain anonymous, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

- Northern Advocate

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