The following items have been reported to police in the past few days.

Call to police

Three men with gang connections have been arrested after a house in Rotorua was broken into and firearms were stolen.

Police are praising a member of the public who called police when they noticed something suspicious on Friday about 1pm in Sophia St.


Rotorua police area prevention manager Inspector Stuart Nightingale said police went to the area after reports of a suspicious vehicle.

"Police ended up in a fleeing driver situation. Police lost sight of the car but found it a short time later at an address," Mr Nightingale said.

"When police made inquiries they found three gang members looking at five stolen firearms which had been stolen from Sophia St."

He said two men were arrested but a third ran off.

"A violent struggle with police followed and a police dog was released to secure the alleged offender."

Mr Nightingale said this was an example of how the public could be part of helping to prevent burglaries.

"We can't thank that person enough who called 111 and the owners of the firearms I'm sure were delighted to get the firearms back and off the streets."

Glenholme targeted

Two properties have been hit by burglars in Glenholme this week.

One was on Miller St and the other was on High St and both happened during the day on Monday.

Mr Nightingale said that in the past groups of young people had been responsible for similar burglaries.

He asked locals in the area be vigilant of anyone who looked out of place or as if they were up to no good.

Stolen car

If you're visiting or attending appointments at Rotorua Hospital, make sure your vehicles are secure, police say.

A 1999 silver Mitsubishi L200 personalised registration plate MYJUDY was stolen from the hospital's main car park at the weekend.

If you can help with these matters or have any information to help police, call 0800 CRIMESTOPPERS.

- By Kelly Makiha