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Police delete man’s attempt to steal laptop computers

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A man is facing charges following the alleged theft of computers from a business in East Tamaki. Times file photo

A man’s attempt to steal a number of computers has been deleted by police after he was busted in the brazen act.

Counties Manukau East Police detective senior sergeant Dean Batey says the incident happened at a commercial property in East Tamaki.

The suspect allegedly helped himself to dozens of laptops and computer accessories and is now facing charges, he says.

Police received a report of a man at a Springs Road premise allegedly taking a number of items and loading them into his vehicle on April 6.

“The man was seen driving onto the property, forcing a barrier arm up and parking a vehicle inside the premises,” Batey says.

“He has then allegedly forced a door open, gained entry to the building and taken more than 15 laptops, as well as a number of monitors, hard drives and desktop computers before leaving.”

Batey says investigators had been working hard to find the person responsible, including scouring through hours of CCTV.

“We are continuing to respond to offending against our local businesses and CCTV has again proven to be a valuable tool helping to hold offenders to account,” he says.

“And we have recovered most of the property, which will be returned in due course.”

Police continue to encourage the community to report offending or suspicious activity as it happens by phoning 111.

Report other matters by phoning 105 or going online to https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105.

A 45-year-old man will appear in Manukau District Court on May 8 charged with burglary in relation to the Springs Road theft.

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