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All In A Good Days Work

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All In A Good Days Work

Police in Palmerston North are trying to reunite stolen property with its rightful owners after a busy and successful week for the Strategic Crime Group (SCG).

Events began on Tuesday (27 January) with the intuition of a traffic constable carrying out a routine traffic stop in Tweed Street. As he spoke with the driver he noticed two teenagers come out of a nearby house.

After completing the traffic stop the officer went to the house with a nagging suspicion about the youths he had seen, and discovered the house had been broken into. He quickly circulated descriptions and within minutes one 18-year-old was under arrest.

An i-pod, valued around $1,000, had been stolen from the property and it is thought that the police officer doing the stop-check outside may have disturbed the youths. SCG began work to actively find the second offender.

Two days later (Thursday, 29 January) SCG executed a warrant a house in Clyde Crescent where they not only discovered a host of stolen goods, but also a cannabis growing room. About 60 plants ranging from seedlings to mature plants were discovered being nurtured in the ceiling of the home.

Some of the stolen property recovered has already been identified as being taken from a house in Lyndhurst Street earlier in the year. The haul was varied and included stolen clothing, jewellery, pot plants, children's toys, power tools and a stereo and surround sound system, and the team are now actively seeking a named person for these offences.

There are a number of distinct personal items found which police hope to reunite with owners. They include three gold necklaces with blue/green stone pendants, a jewelled brooch in a flower design and a wooden veneer box .

While this search warrant was being carried out the second teenager being sought in relation to the Tweed Street burglary handed himself in at Palmerston North Police Station. Both are now charged with burglary and will appear at the District Court on Wednesday (4 February).

Meanwhile other members of the team were searching, under warrant, a car that is used by another known burglar and had been impounded. More stolen goods were discovered in this vehicle from a number of different burglaries.

This morning (2 February) officers carried out a number of enquiries in relation to this offender which led them to Morris Street where a 33-year-old Palmerston North man was arrested and a stolen car, needles and a Methamphetamine pipe were recovered.

That man has been charged with two counts of burglary, aggravated assault, using a document (fraud), theft, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of needles and a Methamphetamine pipe. He will appear at Palmerston North District Court this afternoon.

Sergeant Craig Bolton of SCG said: "It has certainly a productive time. Not only is it positive to see offenders being brought before the courts, it is satisfying to be able to hand back personal belongings to burglary victims. The intuition and actions of the traffic constable are also a really good demonstration of how we all work together regardless of the role of our specialist units."

Anyone who believes that they are the owners of the property pictured are asked to contact Sergeant Bolton on the Palmerston North Crime Line 0800 808585. Proof of ownership will be required.

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