Police are embracing new technology in an effort to find the
owners of a cache of stolen property found during recent drug
busts around Whangarei.
The booty is believed to be from burglaries around Northland
and Auckland and was discovered when police raided five
addresses in the Whangarei area early this month.
As well as the large amount of stolen property, police also
found more than 300 cannabis plants and some chemicals and
equipment used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The searches were part of an operation targeting a group
believed to be involved in an organised burglary ring
involving residential properties and vehicles.
Police have called for the victims of recent burglaries to
come forward to help identify the recovered property.
But due to the large amount of stolen goods officers decided
to post photos of the property on Facebook to help people
identify the items before they contacted police.
Anyone who has been the victim of a burglary in recent months
can view the page at www.facebook.com/NorthlandPolice
to see if any of items posted belong to them.
Police believe the offenders involved in this crime may have
been carrying out burglaries in Auckland as well as
Northland. Since posting the stolen items on Facebook, police
have had several people call and identify items belonging to
If anyone recognises the items they can contact Whangarei
police on 09 430 4500 or Constable Joe Reuben on 09 430 4652.
This is the first time Northland police have used their
Facebook page in a bid to try to reunite stolen property with
- By Mike Dinsdale of the Northern Advocate