Warrington Domain late on Friday and Saturday nights, causing all
sorts of problems. On the weekend of the 27 June 2008, local police
with support from Dunedin stopped a drive train of about 15 vehicles
at the intersection of State Highway One and Coast Road, Karitane. The
vehicles had driven through Warrington however did not remain,
continuing through to Karitane.
Police spoke with the drivers and Infringement Notices were issued
where appropriate, the group were mainly older teenagers or those in
their early twenties, most vehicles were carrying passengers. It
appeared there was a core within the group that were known to each
other however most involved were simply following the lead vehicle.
The drive train was instructed to return to Dunedin and advised to
stay away from Warrington and surrounding areas as recent traffic
offending there had worn thin the patients of local residents.
Those who own trail bikes, boats containing removable fuel containers,
or businesses which store or hold large quantities of fuel need to be
aware that these items are currently being targeted by criminals. A
number of fuel thefts have occurred at Palmerston, Waikouaiti and
Karitane, with two trail bike thefts having been committed in
Waikouaiti this month. Police would strongly urge people to secure
these items and consider improving lighting around their properties.
A recent early morning weekend prank where a trail bike was taken from
a Beach Street address has highlighted the need for communities to
play their part in crime prevention. Several neighbours were woken by
the fracas, but no one called police. I cannot stress enough that if
you notice something or someone acting suspicious then please call
police. Waikouaiti Police would like to hear from the pranksters
sooner rather than later, to offer an explanation for their actions.
In the early hours of Thursday 17 July 2008, three young people from
Dunedin were apprehended by Oamaru Police after breaking into two
vehicles parked outside DK Autos Waikouaiti. In addition the trio
admitted to committing a significant number of recent vehicle thefts
in Dunedin, they are currently being dealt with by way of prosecution.
This month local police dealt with a local man who thought it was a
good idea to grow cannabis at a vacant Waikouaiti address. The
cannabis and growing equipment were located and recovered by police,
the man has admitted his part and this matter is now before the Court.
Remember if you require information regarding road conditions
telephone Transit New Zealand on 0800 44 44 49.
If you see anything suspicious or if you wish to speak to the Police
regarding any other matter you can contact us on 03 465 9127. In
emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.
Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
New Zealand Police
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