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String of burglaries: Police seeking ‘young, tall, skinny’ male suspect
Police were out in force in Rarotonga on December 31. PHOTO: POLICE 23010412

Police seeking ‘young, tall, skinny’ male suspect.

Multiple burglaries on Rarotonga over the festive season again have authorities scrambling with warnings.

The Takitumu district has again been targeted following repeated warnings from police about the perils of leaving properties unlocked in the area.

The early hours of the morning are a particularly vulnerable time.

Police are investigating a string of break-ins, which were reported on Saturday, in Titikaveka and Turangi.

“Three in a row, two in Titikaveka and one in Turangi,” police spokesman Trevor Pitt said.

“One area of concern for Police has been the break-ins. 

“Brazen acts of invading people’s homes and stealing cash, during early hours of the morning. 

“The community needs to stay alert about securing properties and money. 

“Police are currently investigating these incidents, which are suspected to be the work of a young male, tall and described as skinny; also utilising a motorbike to get away.”

Meanwhile, three people are set to appear in court today following relatively trouble free New Year celebrations on Rarotonga.  

One man was arrested early on January 1, the first day of 2023, and was remanded into custody.

He was charged with assault on a female after Police were called to a disturbance at 3.22am.

Two other men were locked up on December 30, 2022, on charges of breaching their respective court orders.

Police confirmed yesterday they are due to appear in court today. 

In the lead up to the New Year, police attended to a motorcycle crash at Takuvaine, about 9.38pm on December 31.

A blood specimen was sought from the female driver, suspected to have been intoxicated.

On Wednesday police said they are still awaiting blood test results. 

Overnight on December 31, police forbid two people from driving, and issued 15 traffic fines over the course of five hours.

“The festive season has generally been peaceful although there have been ongoing complaints about excessive noise.  

“I suspect it’s the time of the year,” police spokesman Trevor Pitt said.