Dunedin Central Police Station gym resembled Aladdin's Cave
yesterday, with hundreds of items of stolen loot laid out.
Dozens of cellphones, gaming consoles, jewellery, cameras,
wallets, alcohol, outdoor equipment, two bikes and a firearm
were among the property recovered from a North Dunedin
address yesterday morning.
Police executed a search warrant following the arrest of two
unemployed men, aged 21 and 23, in connection with a theft
from a vehicle.
Sergeant Paul McLaughlan, of the tactical crime unit, said
the pair had been targeting homes and vehicles in the student
area and Northeast Valley since May.
Police confirmed the men, who were caught riding allegedly
stolen mountain bikes , had been involved in at least 14
burglaries and thefts from vehicles, with more offending
It was possible some of the thefts and burglaries -
particularly those in the student area - had been unreported.
Police believed some stolen gear had already been sold
Sgt McLaughlan said the pair had targeted unlocked homes and
vehicles, and people should be proactive about securing their
Included in the haul were credit cards and personal
identification, which helped to reunite some of the property
with their rightful owners.
However, people who might have had property stolen in the
North Dunedin area in recent months are urged to contact
Dunedin police on 471-4800.