Shoplifting inquiry leads to location of drug paraphernalia
Cameron Street, Whangärei
Friday September 13, 2013
An inquiry into a shoplifting incident led Police to a house containing methamphetamine utensils, a firearm, some ammunition and a large amount of cash.
On Tuesday this week Police were called to a shoplifting offence at the Farmers store in Whangärei where seven pairs of jeans had allegedly been stolen.
Police then began to follow up leads in relation to a vehicle connected to the incident. They began searching for the vehicle and located it on Maunu Road. When speaking with the driver they noticed he was wearing one the pairs of jeans. The driver, a 22-year-old man, was then charged with receiving stolen property and possession of utensils for the use of methamphetamine.
After speaking with the driver Police decided to carry out further inquiries at an address linked to the driver.
They visited the Maunu Road address yesterday and, while there, noticed some clothing that had been stolen in the shoplifting incident. Police then entered the house and while inside located some paraphernalia related to methamphetamine, a pistol, some ammunition, several thousand dollars in cash and a quantity of unknown pills.
Two people were arrested, a man aged 36 years and a woman aged 28 years, and jointly charged with unlawful possession of a pistol, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of utensils for the use of methamphetamine. The woman was also charged with possession of cannabis.
Whangärei/Kaipara Area Commander Inspector Tracy Phillips says this situation demonstrates that thorough inquiries of what may seem a minor incident can lead to the discovery of something more significant.
"Our staff did some great work in firstly tracking down an offender in relation to the shoplifting offence and then deciding that something didn't add up and going further with their inquiries."