Celebrating success

Ryan Fleming

My intention with my column has changed in direction somewhat in that I am going to start trying to highlight some of the good work our staff do on a weekly basis.

If there is a noteworthy incident or story, I intend to highlight it here. Over the last few weeks we have had a certain amount of success over the last few weeks with some good arrests of some key burglars.

A male for whom there were multiple Warrants to Arrest and was suspect of several burglaries across the Waikato was found at an address in Te Awamutu. As a result of some great teamwork, he has been held in custody at Springhill while his case goes through the court system.

The noteworthy aspect of this case is that some of the evidence gained was from members of the public who saw something suspicious and called police.

In one case the male was seen on a stolen motorbike in the night. The occupants of a nearby house saw him trying to start the bike and were suspicious enough to call police. Although he was able to get away that night, another burglary case was able to be created pending his arrest. Last week he was arrested when he was found hiding in a closet at an associate’s address.

A group of teenagers are going through the youth justice process after going out at night and lighting fires. One of the buildings targeted was the satellite classroom for Patricia Ave school at Te Awamutu College.

Initially there were few leads, however thanks to some great investigative work a number of teenagers have been caught and dealt with.

A commercial premises burglar has been arrested and charged with burglary and arson. Crucially in this case, excellent CCTV provided police with the identity of the offender. He has also been held in Custody to appear in Court.


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