Police are praising the actions of a Rotorua resident after
he helped nab three people for an alleged burglary.
A Matipo Ave resident, who did not want to be named, said he
called police on Monday afternoon after noticing three people
on his property.
"I saw three characters in the backyard. They were just
Police dogs were used to find the three people in Westbrook
after the resident phoned police to report suspicious
Rotorua police Sergeant Jason Owen said they arrested two
teenagers, a male and female, and an adult man after a quick
search on a Westbrook farm.
He said a local resident had done the right thing in
reporting the suspicious activity on his property, which
helped police react quickly.
Mr Owen said, to his knowledge, the group had allegedly run
from a property after being disrupted by a resident and they
did not have any stolen possessions on them when they were
The resident said he was told by one of the people on his
property they were in the wrong property and left.
He said they had left an empty petrol container in the
backyard, so he called police as a precaution.
"They tell you to call 111 and we decided to do it this
time," he said.
When The Daily Post arrived in the area, a policeman could be
seen walking a young woman in her teens down a hill on the
farm behind Matipo Ave.
At least three police cars were present including a police
vehicle carrying the dogs.
Some residents on nearby Pukehangi Rd were standing outside
watching the hunt, and said they hadn't heard anything but
came outside when they saw police cars. The police's youth
aid section will be involved with the two teenagers charged.
- By Gary Hamilton-Irvine of The Daily Post