Thefts, burglaries add to police workload

Thursday December 29, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

A RASH of thefts and burglaries added to an extra-heavy case load for police over the Christmas holiday period.


Officers attended 33 callouts and reported domestic violence and traffic offences were also continuing problems.

A female Avatiu resident reported the theft of her bicycle from her residence on the evening of Friday, December 23.

On the same day, a Rutaki resident reported the theft of her wallet while she was shopping in Avarua. A suspect was identified and police investigators are dealing with the matter.

An Avarua businesswoman reported the theft of a video camera from her business sometime between Friday and Saturday, and a Kavera resident reported the theft of money from her home on Christmas Eve.

A Turangi woman’s home was targeted by burglars on the morning of December 23 and a PlayStation 4 and disc were stolen.

On the same night a Turangi Ngatangiia resident reported a burglary had taken place at his home while the family was out. Among property stolen was electronic equipment and accessories including a Sony Bluetooth speaker and two pairs of headphones, as well as a pair of Island Pro jandals.

There was another burglary in Ngatangiia on Christmas Day, when a woman reported the theft of a laptop from her unit.

All of these matters are under investigation.

With the island in party mode, seven complaints of excessive noise were reported to police in the period from 8am on December 23 to 1pm on December 27

The first came from Ngatangiia at about 2.52am on December 24 and was settled by police officers. Two complaints from the Arorangi area resulted in the confiscation of sound equipment, while a noise complaint from the village of Tupapa was solved when the music was turned off. Police also responded to two noise complaints from Ruatonga.

Eight people – all of them males, were arrested over the holiday weekend. An Arorangi man was arrested on Christmas Day for assaulting his partner. He was remanded in custody and will appear in court today.

On the same day two people were arrested for drink-driving. An Arorangi resident was arrested for assaulting his partner, as was a Takuvaine man. Both alleged offenders will appear in court today.

A young Arorangi male was arrested on December 26 on a charge of contempt of court and will appear in the High Court this week.

On the same night a Nikao resident was arrested for assaulting his partner. He was bailed after spending the night in police cells and is also scheduled for a court appearance

In yet another Boxing Day incident, a male driver was arrested for drink-driving and spent the night in a police cell. He will appear in court later this week.

            - Release/CS

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