Monday, September 14
A vehicle was broken into at the service lane behind Kava Café and a radar detector was stolen. A witnesses identified the offender who was later arrested and charged.
Tuesday, September 15
Three Paeroa men fled from a police officer after they were found committing a burglary at Keepa Rd, Paeroa. Police cordoned the area and were able to arrest all three offenders a short time later. One of the offenders was violent toward officers and was subdued with pepper spray.
Wednesday, September 16
A Kawerau man breached his bail conditions by failing to present himself for a curfew check at an Evans St, Waihi address. He is now wanted to arrest and police are making enquiries to locate him.
Thursday, September 17
Police issued a 10 day police safety order to a Waihi man after a heated family harm incident. The man allegedly chased a woman down Mangatoetoe St threatening to assault her. Parties were separated.
Friday, September 18
A family harm incident at a Connell St address. A Waihi man allegedly assaulted a woman. They both left the scene before police attending, however the man was found later and arrested. He was held in custody and is now facing several charges.
Two Waihi youths were dealt with by police for stealing parcels from letterboxes. They have been referred to the Waihi Youth Aid officer.
Saturday, September 19
A five day police safety order was issued to a Waihi man after a heated family harm incident at a Russell St address. An allegation was made that he had been hit with a crowbar by his partner however due to a lack of co-operation from both parties no prosecution action was taken. Both parties separated.
A two day police safety order was issued to a Papakura woman after an allegation that drugs were being used in the family home.
Sunday, September 20
A Paeroa man was arrested in relation to a family harm incident at Raroa Rd. He resisted police and head butted the rear windscreen of a police patrol car smashing it. He was held in custody and is facing multiple charges.
A two day police safety order was issued to a Whangamata man after a family harm incident Tamaki Rd, Whangamata. He allegedly threw rocks on to the victim's roof at the neighbouring property and broke a door window-pane. The victim declined police prosecuting the offender for the damaged window.
Another Paeroa man was arrested at a Porritt St, Paeroa address after allegedly assaulting his female partner at a nearby address. The man also had warrants to arrest and was sought by police.
The Waikato Armed Offenders Squad, a police dog handler and local officers surrounded the property due to an alleged firearm. After a tense 45 minutes the man exited the property and surrendered without incident. He was held in custody and is facing multiple charges.
Waihi Police assisted Katikati Police with a firearms incident at SH2 Tahawai. A witness called police after observing a group of vehicles arrive at a local business and men brandishing firearms and launching a drone. It was later established that they were filming an amateur action movie; although they were in possession of some real ammunition .308 rounds. Police are making further inquiries.
A Whangamata man was arrested for attempted arson after an investigation involving the Whangamata RSA rubbish bin being set on fire. Police put CCTV photographs in local media and as a result the man presented himself at Whangamata Police Station and admitted his actions.
Whangamatä Police would like to thank members of the public who took the time to provide police with critical information relating to a fire that damaged the Whangamata RSA last month. As a result of this information, a Whangamata man has been arrested and charged in relation to the fire and will appear before the court at a later date. This again highlights the importance of police working closely with their communities and the results that can be achieved together.
Crime Prevention Advice
Waihi, Paeroa and Whangamata police have noticed a recent increase in family harm incidents, some of which involve serious violence. Coinciding with this is an increase in methamphetamine abuse and its after effects.
Police can help people suffering from abuse and violence as well as drug users themselves by making referrals to counsellors and addiction services operating in the area. Help is there if you need it. You can speak to any police officer or visit your local police station for further information. If you have information about offenders dealing or manufacturing methamphetamine police need your help, get in contact. Your information and identity will be confidential.
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.