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Tuesday 3 May 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National

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Police deal with burglary, assault and car crashes over the weekend
At 10.30pm on Sunday a small truck ran off the main road into a tree next to the Matavera bridge. Photo: Caleb Fotheringham/22050206

Police spokesperson, Trevor Pitt, on Saturday said a visitor reported being burgled at a beachside accommodation, and cash and other items valued at more than $2,000 were allegedly stolen.

Pitt said there were no witnesses to the break-in.

“There's lessons to be learned here,” he said.

 “Beachside properties and tourists need to be aware of certain risks and exposure to individuals who may be lurking in such areas, waiting for opportunities to steal. 

“Every precaution should be taken to secure valuables, including the lockable security of the unit or bungalow at night. 

“Unfortunately, Police will continue to encounter such cases as a result of vulnerable targets, including tourists.”

Police are also dealing with two cases of assault, one of which involved a man who was remanded into custody on Friday, and bailed yesterday to appear in court this week.

There were also two crashes on Sunday, Pitt said.

One of them occurred after 8pm when a car crashed into a boulder on the back road of Tikioki. The other was just before 10.30pm when a small truck ran off the main road into a tree at Matavera.

“Other road incidents reported to police during the weekend included a minor collision between two cars at Ruaau, on Saturday, after midday,” Pitt said.

“A man also reported being struck from behind by a car, while walking in town late Saturday night. The vehicle did not stop, Police were told.”

Police said there were no injuries to report from the road incidents.

Pitt said investigations were still pending for the weekend’s incidents.

“Only an arrest for assault on a female is headed to court so far. No injuries to report from road incidents.”