Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Car Theft Ring Hamilton

Car Theft Ring Hamilton

New Zealand Police National News Release

12 February 2008

A Police car was rammed and a number of Hamilton car dealers broken into when a sophisticated car theft ring was disturbed in the city overnight.

Senior Sergeant Eddie Carr of Hamilton Police said events began when an alarm was activated at car dealers on Te Rapa Rd shortly before midnight.

"A guard from Waikato Security has disturbed three men who activated an alarm at Fairview Motors and a high performance Ford Falcon was found with its engine running.

"The three offenders fled on foot and a Police dog tracked them a short distance to Sir Tristram Pl where the track ended, we believe they had a car waiting there," said Mr Carr.

The three men were all described by the guard as being of large build, wearing balaclavas and armed with telescopic batons.

A short time later another alarm has been activated, this time at Admiral Cars on the corner of Hall and Lake Roads in Frankton where offenders were reported breaking into a number of cars.

The offenders have fled in a black ute with orange striping and a silver sedan as Police were responding.

Minutes later security guards and Police were speeding to Ebbetts Holden on Anglesea St after multiple alarms were activated.

Knowing what they wanted the thieves broke into one car to move it, taking a V8 Commodore from the showroom.

"As we were responding a black ute similar to the one described earlier was spotted on Victoria St but failed to stop and turned on to Bryce St," said Mr Carr.

The following patrol car was then rammed by a silver sedan before all three vehicles turned on to Barton St.

"Once on Barton St the silver car has reversed at speed into the patrol car, disabling it," said Mr Carr.

Other patrol cars then picked up the trail of the black utility which had married up with the stolen Commodore and were pursuing them up Boundary Rd across the Waikato River.

Officers were able to box in the Commodore bringing it to a stop but the driver managed to escape in the fleeing utility.

The pursuit continued on to SH1 towards Cambridge but had to be abandoned because the offender's vehicle was being driven at too high a speed to ensure public safety.

Follow up units later found the silver sedan, a Toyota Camry, used to ram the patrol car in Hamilton further up Barton St.

It had been stolen from a Manukau car painter's last month.

Tracing the registration number of the black utility to a Hamilton address Police were told by the owner the vehicle should have been secured at a Kahikatea Dr panel beaters workshop.

That workshop had also fallen victim to the thieves with a roller door rammed by a vehicle to gain entry and the FPV high performance V8 utility driven off and used in the other break-ins.

Mr Carr said last night's break-ins were very similar to a burglary at Fairview Motors 1-2 years ago when two high performance cars were stolen.

One of those cars was recovered a short time later but the second was used in a number of burglaries around South Auckland and discovered burnt out two weeks later.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election