Northland District Headquarters
88 Cameron Street, Whangärei
Friday September 20, 2013
Kerkeri Police have arrested two men following an operation targeting a rural address that had been repeatedly hit by burglars.
Over the last month the
rural property, about five kilometres north east of
Kerikeri, had been burgled several times.
Following these burglaries Police carried out a small operation to try and catch the offenders for the burglaries.
Early on Thursday
morning Police visited the address and then again this
morning at 1.30am when an alarm went off at the property. As
they arrived a van was seen leaving the address.
Police chased the vehicle for about two kilometres before the driver pulled over.
Police searched the vehicle and
located some instruments used for methamphetamine.
Two men, aged 28 and 47 years were arrested and charged with burglary. The 29-year-old was also charged with possession of a needle for drugs and failing to stop.
arrests, Police carried out a search of the offenders'
addresses and found more evidence of methamphetamine use at
They also searched three addresses in Kaikohe looking for stolen property.
The two men appeared
in the Kaikohe District Court charged with
Police are now carrying out further inquiries into these men's offending.
Far North Area Prevention Manager Senior Sergeant Chris McLellan says thorough work from the staff investigating incidents of repeat burglaries have led to a successful outcome for the victims.
"The staff worked long hours and were committed to locating these offenders. I would also like to thank the security firm that was looking after the property and members of the public who gave us information."
Mr McLellan says this incident is a reminder for rural residents to keep an eye out for their neighbours and take note of any suspicious activity, such as vehicles or people they do not recognise.
"The sooner we get a call from the public, the greater the chances we have of catching these offenders."