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Monday 24 June 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Crime, Local, National

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Cook Islands Police. Photo: SUPPLIED/COOK ISLANDS POLICE

June 24

Police were swift to apprehend an offender after a string of break-ins were reported in Kiikii over the weekend.

According to a statement, police said the first of three complaints came in at 11.23pm Friday when a bag containing cash was stolen from a house. 

Further calls came in at 12.10am and 1.21am Saturday, reporting break-ins. 

A 23-year-old male, who is known to Police, was caught during a search of the area.

He was arrested and remanded into custody.

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A theft from the beach at Rutaki has again highlighted how tourists continue to fall victim to opportunistic thieves around the island, especially if belongings are left unattended or exposed, police said in a statement.

A couple reported the theft yesterday after having gone snorkelling at Rutaki, only to return to find their bag stolen. 

Police were told more than $3000 worth of items, including phones, watches, and cash was taken.

Since Friday, Police have received three reports of road incidents, one assault complaint, excessive noise, three burglaries, and one lagoon rescue. 

Two drivers were arrested and bailed on Saturday to appear in court on charges relating to earlier crashes.

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Police are praising the efforts of a local tour operator, who responded to a call for help on Saturday when two people on kayaks were reported to have capsized near the Avaavaroa passage. 

The distress call came in from a resident at 6pm when two males were sighted heading out to the passage. The sea was described as rough. 

The police were called when one of the kayaks capsized with the other trying to assist. 

Police phoned Oswell “Aqua Oz” Tunupopo, who agreed to immediately help with a sea rescue while officers made their way from town.  

Tunupopo was already ashore with the pair, aged 19 and 20, upon Police arrival.   Recent high seas and windy conditions add risk to a naturally exposed area, already renown for tragic consequences, police said.

 Police are thankful for Tunupopo’s swift response, and appreciate the readiness of local residents to intervene when necessary to reduce such risks, and cooperate in any rescue efforts. 

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