Man charged with assaulting officer

A man has been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, after a steady weekend for police in Dunedin.

An early morning incident on Saturday resulted in a 19-year-old man being locked up for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, Senior Sergeant Mark Crawford, of Dunedin, said. In unrelated incidents, three men were charged with disorderly behaviour.

Police were also investigating burglaries around the city, including a St Leonards toolshed cleaned out by thieves.

A padlock to the Burkes Dr shed was removed and a lawnmower, petrol containers, hedge trimmer, line trimmer, rotary hoe, outboard motor and a chainsaw were taken.

A 19-year-old man was charged with burglary, following the theft of several 24-packs of energy drinks from a Castle St North flat early on Friday.

A Wray St, Brockville, property was damaged by water after copper piping from a hot water cylinder was stolen, Snr Sgt Crawford said.

A property manager discovered the theft.

Copper thefts were reported to the city's scrap metal dealers in an effort to catch the thieves, Snr Sgt Crawford said.

On Sunday, a chair and a cushion were taken from a porch at a Scotland St, central Dunedin, property.

A Leith St flat was also entered and a chair and a desk broken, he said.

Several vehicles were also targeted by thieves during the weekend. Attempts were made to gain entry to two cars in Koremata St, Green Island.

In Dundas St, a suitcase and cash were taken from a vehicle on Saturday night, while cash was stolen from a car in Ramsay St, Dalmore, on Friday night.

Two longboard skateboards and a gym bag were stolen from an Arthur St property and another gym bag was taken from a Severn St, Green Island, property.

More than a dozen vehicles were broken into across the Taieri on Sunday night.

Items, including wallets and jewellery, were taken from cars in Mosgiel, Outram and Fairfield on Sunday night, Senior Sergeant Craig Brown, of Dunedin, said.

Anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously was urged to contact Mosgiel police on 489-3534, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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