Police at the scene of a Milburn property yesterday
morning, following reports a person was heard walking on
Police are unable to rule out an escaped prisoner might
have been on the roof of a Milburn home yesterday.
Stephen Uriah Maddren (25) fled from the nearby Otago
Corrections Facility on Tuesday afternoon.
The last confirmed sighting of Maddren was at a nearby golf
course on Tuesday night and police swooped on a Milburn
property yesterday morning, following a 111 call.
Nicole Acklin said she heard her dogs barking and ''then what
sounded like footsteps on the roof above my kitchen'', not
long after her partner left for work.
''I heard thump, thump, thump and thought `that was not a
possum', and then my wee dog really went nuts.''
The noises on the roof stopped soon after she flushed the
toilet, she said.
Department of Corrections officers and police were called to
the scene, and could not rule out Maddren might have walked
up a ladder at the side of the house.
Clutha-Taieri area response manager Senior Sergeant Al Dickie
said police also found some damage to a window of a nearby
property ''but we can't conclude he was responsible for that,
Residents were urged not to be complacent, and ''to lock up
cars, sheds and houses and report suspicious activity
''Anyone looking suspicious in the area, we will check it
out,'' Snr Sgt Dickie said.