Two arrested in relation to Manawatu burglaries

Two arrested in relation to Manawatu burglaries

Central

Police have arrested two offenders this morning following investigations into a number of recent burglaries and thefts from vehicles in the Feilding and Palmerston North areas.

Police today executed a search warrant at a residential address in Feilding and arrested a 27-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman. A large amount of property was also recovered.

The pair will appear in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday September 21st facing a number of dishonesty charges.

Many of the items recovered today were trade tools which we believe were stolen from construction sites and trade vehicles in the Palmerston North and Fielding areas.

“It can be difficult to track some of this property back to the rightful owner without any identifying marks, or recorded serial numbers,” says Senior Sergeant Steve Crawford, North Manawatu Prevention Manager.

“This is a timely reminder to everyone, especially tradesman to record the serial numbers of their tools, or mark them in a way that makes them easily identifiable.

“The use of websites like snap.org.nz greatly assist Police in locating owners of stolen items, and holding offenders to account.”

In addition to this Police encourage people to secure their valuables and remove the opportunity for thieves.

“Ensuring your vehicle, shed or building site is adequately secured is a simple and effective way of deterring thieves,” says Mr Crawford.

“Consider removing equipment from buildings sites or your vehicle, particularly at weekends.

“If tools must be kept in a vehicle, they should be stored in a lock box secured to the vehicle and a good quality alarm should be installed.”

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre