Gold FM Police File
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Posted October 24, 2019
Senior Community Constable Harley North updated the Gold FM Police File. He reported in on wide variety of jobs, including stormy weather, a renegade porker, burglaries, a speeding motorbike, a Bonnie & Clyde style pursuit and more. Sheds have been targeted by thieves lately so Harley passed on some timely advice, road safety suggestions and how you should make contact if you need Police assistance.
Click our podcast link to hear the full interview and see below for a summary.
Monday 14 October
A stormy night with gale force winds and heavy rain kept emergency services busy all evening and night. Reports of roofs being damaged, trees, scaffolding, power and phone lines coming down, power outages and flooding were reported.
Two burglaries reported at Wilson Street overnight. A garden shed was broken into and a lawnmower stolen and a neighbouring property had a vehicle broken into. Police are waiting on forensic test results.
A Waihi police officer had a near miss during stormy weather at Pukekauri Road. A large black wild boar bolted across the road in front of his patrol car causing him to take evasive action to avoid a collision. Using his police negotiating skills the officer managed to corral the renegade porker into a nearby property. The officer later stated he saw bacon flash before his eyes.
Tuesday 15 October
Another burglary report at a Union Street address. An offender has entered the property and attempted to steal a vehicle. They were unsuccessful but the ignition barrel was damaged. Police are investigating.
A Waihi male was arrested for driving whilst disqualified after a traffic stop near Karangahake Gorge. His vehicle was impounded for 28 days and he will be appearing in Court soon.
Wednesday 16 October
The motorcycle rider caught speeding at 173kph last week was stopped by police at Union Street and scored himself some costly infringement notices for his efforts.
Thursday 17 October
Another shed burglary at a Station Road property. A radio was stolen.
A Waihi female was charged and summonsed to Court for a historic assault incident at Te Rapa.
Friday 18 October
After a prolonged investigation a former Waihi male was arrested and charged with three historic burglaries of the Commercial Hotel Waihi which occurred around new year’s eve last year. He will be appearing in Court soon.
A bag containing expensive tools and a black balaclava were found near Mueller Street. Enquiries revealed the owner and they were returned. They had been stolen in a historic burglary from a Johnston Street address. Interestingly one of the tools in the bag had the former owners name engraved on it. The owner of that tool said it had been stolen in a burglary of his Whangamata property 20 years earlier. Goes to show the value of marking your tools.
A Tauranga male was arrested and charged for breaching a protection order in relation to threatening text messages and phone calls he made to the victim. He was held in custody for Court.
Saturday 19 October
A Waihi Beach male was arrested for historic shoplifting at Waihi Beach Four Square and New World Waihi. He will be appearing in Court soon.
Sunday 20 October
A generator was stolen from HEB Construction at their site on SH2 Tauranga Road. A shed was broken into. Police are investigating. This is the third burglary of roading contractors who are currently fixing SH2.
A Bonnie and Clyde style pursuit which started in Katikati and finished in Maramarua ended after the offender crashed into a ditch. The stolen vehicle drove at dangerous speeds through several Bay of Plenty and Waikato towns endangering members of the public. The male driver had 7 x warrants to arrest and was also wanted for breach of bail and aggravated robbery. The female passenger was also arrested. The male was held in custody and is facing multiple charges.
Crime Prevention Advice
Protect your tools and other toys! Engrave them with your driver licence number. That way if found they’re easier to return to you. Record your serial numbers and keep then in a secure location like Op Snap. Secure your tools and use good quality locks. Do not leave your tools or any other valuables in your vehicle overnight. If you have to keep them secure and out of sight. Break the cycle and only buy tools from a reputable business. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
Road Safety Message
In 2016, 5 cyclists died, 169 were seriously injured and 560 suffered minor injuries in police-reported crashes on New Zealand roads. Hopefully those figures are enough motivation to wear your safety helmet next time you’re riding your bike. Cycling is a high risk activity due to decreased stability and a much lower level of protection than other road users. A cyclist is less visible to other road users. The fine for not wearing your cycle helmet is $55. Wearing a helmet but not having it properly fastened is also an offence with the same penalty. Always wear your helmet.
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.
To listen in to the Gold FM Police File with Senior Community Constable Harley North - click play on our podcast link.