Gold FM Police File
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Posted December 10, 2019
Senior Community Constable Harley called into the Gold FM studio to update the Police File. Read a summary below and listen to the full Police File by clicking on our podcast link.
Monday 2 December
A stolen car that was used in a robbery of a Katikati dairy fled toward Waihi. Police units flooded the area ready to stop the vehicle however It turned back toward Tauranga and was stopped with road spikes. All of the offenders were arrested.
Tuesday 3 December
Two brothers were separated after a punch up in town. Neither wanted to make a complaint so they were sent on their separate ways to cool down.
Thursday 5 December
A Waihi woman drove her car into another vehicle at a residential property in relation to a property ownership dispute. She had an interest in both vehicles so was not prosecuted. A male was sought for service of a police safety order but this has now lapsed.
A Waihi male was arrested for disorderly behaviour after police received calls about a man kung-fu fighting imaginary opponents at Rosemont Road. He was allegedly yelling, swinging off trees and street signs while threatening members of the public as well. Sounds like a B grade martial arts movie gone wrong.
Waihi Police assisted Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Fisheries staff in the termination of a search warrant at a commercial property in Waitakaruru. A significant amount of evidence was recovered with the seizure and bonding of several boats and vehicles. MPI reported that the investigation was one of their most significant operations over the last few years and had involved a prolonged investigation. The offenders are alleged to have repeatedly over fished their quota by thousands of tonnes in the Firth of Thames and other locations around the Coromandel. Prosecution is to follow for the offenders involved.
A white Toyota Corolla motor vehicle registration MLD976 is sought by police after the occupants entered a local café, stole food then fled from the scene in the vehicle. The vehicle was also involved in earlier offences committed in Whangamata and later in Te Aroha. If anyone has information contact police 105. If the vehicle is observed contact 111.
Property was stolen from a vehicle parked outside Waihi Central School. It is believed the vehicle may have been left unlocked. The victim spotted a male fitting the description of one of the offenders and police arrested him. Some of the stolen property was located nearby.
Friday 6 December
The Christmas and New Year holiday period is fasting approaching so Waihi Police are currently visiting licensed premises in the area to remind them about their obligations under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Some of the more common issues are supplying alcohol to minors, checking ID, underage persons in supervised or restricted areas and serving intoxicated patrons.
A burglary at a residential address at Moresby Avenue. Multiple property items were stolen. Police are waiting on forensic test results and have a pretty good idea as to who the offender is. Hopefully an arrest will be made soon in time for Christmas.
A historic burglary was discovered by the owner at a residential address on Hanlen Avenue. Two electric bikes were stolen. Police are waiting on forensic test results.
Saturday 7 December
Crate Day got the better of a few locals again at Waihi Beach Hotel and there was a couple of punch ups. One male was trespassed.
A male driver got some police attention after he failed to give way to another vehicle at Galbraith Street. He failed an alcohol breath screening test returning a result of 600 micrograms per litre of breath. He will be appearing in Court soon.
Crime Prevention Advice
Friday 20 December marks the end of the Firearms Amnesty and Buy Back operation. After this anybody in possession of a prohibited firearm is committing an offence under the Arms Act 1983. For locals in the Hauraki Thames Coromandel area there is a final local collection point at Paeroa Old Boys Rugby Club, Taylor Avenue this Thursday 12 December. Get your firearms sorted before it’s too late. If you’re still in possession of a prohibited firearm after the amnesty period ends, prosecution is likely and there will be no compensation offered, you could end up with a criminal conviction and your firearms could be forfeited and destroyed.
Road Safety Message
We’re getting into the festive season and this means after work drinks, Christmas parties and end of year functions. It is also a time when police start to focus heavily on road policing and particularly drink driving offences. Remember to plan before you party, make alternative arrangements to get home by using the transport provided by licensed premises or call the local taxi shuttle service. There is never any justification for driving whilst intoxicated. If you choose to ignore the warnings expect to get stopped by police because we’re out there anytime anywhere keeping the roads safe for everyone.
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. Waihi Police Station public counter is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday for all enquiries.