The following incidents were reported to Rotorua police during the past few days:

Burglary prevention

There have been four burglaries reported in the Glenholme area in the past week on Gwendoline St, Sophia St and Holland St.

Rotorua police crime prevention manager Inspector Stuart Nightingale said young people, aged between 17 and 18, were seen leaving the targeted address on Sophia St.

Some of the burglaries occurred overnight into early hours and others between 11.30am and 3.30pm.


Items taken included alcohol, shoes, clothing and small electronics.

"Be on guard against people trying to sell expensive items cheaply," Mr Nightingale said.

He warned against the offence of "receiving stolen goods" by turning a blind eye as to whether an item may be stolen.

Stolen vehicles

Mr Nightingale said residents who own earlier model Toyota Hiluxes need to be aware there are people looking to steal them.

"Not many are being recovered and it is likely they are being used in forestry blocks in our region."

Police are also looking for a blue 1997 Nissan Primera Camino, registration AUN123, which was stolen from Wharepaina Cres in Springfield overnight on October 8.

The vehicle was stolen when the victim left it parked on the roadside when he was arrested. The victim no longer has the keys and his phone and wallet were in the vehicle when it was taken.

A good catch

Police made a good catch in relation to a person who committed three ram raids in Rotorua's CBD.

The person ram-raided dairies on Pukuatua St, Arawa St and Hinemoa St but a "sharp operator" on the CCTV system quickly identified the vehicle fitting the description of the one seen in regard to the two burglaries.

"Police responded with urgency, apprehending the vehicle following a short vehicle pursuit and the driver admitted to the offending and appeared at Rotorua court [yesterday]," Mr Nightingale said.