Recidivist thief busted

The police Eagle helicopter came in very handy.

Thanks to the efforts of Counties Manukau Police staff, with the help of the Police Eagle Helicopter and Dog Section, officers were able to arrest a recidivist burglar allegedly involved in a number of thefts including car, tool and mail theft.

Between Christmas Eve and January 4, a vehicle was allegedly stolen from a property in Golflands.

The vehicle was spotted two days later in the Whitford area heading towards Beachlands.
The Police Eagle Helicopter observed the vehicle’s driver allegedly dispose of a sack in a vacant plot of land in Whitford, before driving to Beachlands.

This sack was later recovered by a Police Dog Unit and contained a large bundle of mail — up to 200 letters – which was still in bundles from the distribution centre.

The Eagle Helicopter continued to monitor the vehicle which parked at the Beachlands shops. The driver then went into a store and allegedly took an item without paying for it.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and had allegedly been carrying a knife, and items that could be used to break into vehicles.

Police recovered the stolen vehicle, which contained a large amount of stolen tools and items.

The vehicle will now be returned to its owner.

The man faces a number of charges including unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, theft and possessing a knife in a public place and was due to appear in court on Friday.