There were two more burglaries in Kerikeri over the weekend with the intruder operating in a similar way to last week's home disturbances in Hawkings Cres and Wendywood Lane.

Senior Sergeant Brian Swann of the Mid-North Policing Unit said a pattern is emerging and he is still concerned that police aren't being called straight away.

"Phone 111 immediately if you hear a noise or see evidence of a break-in or theft," Mr Swann said.

"This guy uses a torch and he seems to be able to break in to people's houses quite easily, taking handbags and cash from bedrooms."


The two burglaries over the weekend occurred in Shepherd Rd.

In Paihia the Gold 'n' Gifts shop in Williams Rd was burgled in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Gold and silver items, fashion jewellery and between 50 and 60 watches were taken as intruders smashed two display cases.

Owner Rex Wilson said it was the second break-in of his shop in two weeks. In the first burglary only watches were stolen.

- Anybody who sees suspicious activities can call 111, or information on burglaries can be given to Kerikeri police on 09 4079211 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.