A pyjama-clad Waikato student
helped foil a burglary by hiding in her garden and giving
police a blow-by-blow account of the incident.
The 19-year-old was studying for exams at home in Tamahere,
south of Hamilton, when a car entered the driveway late
yesterday morning, Constable Trent Montgomery of the city's
Tactical Safety Team said.
"Thinking the occupants were friends of her parents, the
woman didn't answer the door when the visitors knocked as she
wanted to avoid embarrassment about her attire."
The young woman was then surprised to hear banging on the
windows and a loud noise as a pane of glass was smashed.
"The offender has smashed a window to gain access into the
home and proceeded to take the family television, jewellery
and other items.
"Grabbing a description and partial registration number of
the offender's car, the woman hid under a pile of clothes and
rang 111," Mr Montgomery said.
Believing the burglar had gone the woman went down stairs and
saw the front door ajar and discovered the alleged offender
She then hid in the garden, relaying information to the 111
operator, he said.
Hamilton and Cambridge police arrived and a short time later
a 25-year-old man was arrested at his Cambridge home and all
stolen items recovered.
"The woman's cool head made all the difference, instead of
confronting the offender and putting herself at risk she has
gone to a place of safety and relayed crucial information to
police who are trained and equipped to deal with such
situations," Mr Montgomery said.