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Hastings Burglaries

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Hastings Burglaries

Police in Hastings have arrested two men and recovered a large haul of property stolen from businesses and commercial properties in Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke's Bay.

Police estimate that since November last year, between 80 and 90 premises have been hit by "till burglars" who target mainly cash tills and random items from buildings they break into.

Police yesterday recovered around $20,000 worth of property they believe the thieves have collected during their four-month heist. They are also estimated to have stolen around $20,000 in cash - none of which has been recovered.

Two Flaxmere men, both aged 31, are in police custody and are facing burglary charges. They are due to appear in the Hastings District Court today.

Police also estimate they did between $28-30,000 worth of damage to the buildings they broke into.

Detective Sergeant Mark Moorhouse says the arrest of the two men and the large amount of property police recovered is "significant".

"This has been a major operation for Hastings police and we believe these two have allegedly been responsible for the majority of commercial burglaries and break-ins right throughout the district in recent months," Mr Moorhouse said.

Police caught the pair early yesterday after they had allegedly burgled Waipawa Timbers in Omahu Rd, Hastings. Police believe they were also connected with a break-in at the Napier Aquatic Centre earlier that night.

Mr Moorhouse said the pair allegedly broke into buildings to target tills containing cash. They would then take any other items of value that were in the building.

During search warrants in Hastings yesterday, police recovered a variety of items ranging from tills and cash boxes to electrical items and children's sports equipment. While some of the owners of the property have been identified, there are some items that police would like to find owners for.

2. Mr Moorhouse said the two men had allegedly broken into numerous buildings in Hawke's Bay over the last four months, including retail and commercial businesses, workshops, schools, shops, EIT and wineries.

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