Cache of stolen property found in Masterton

A cache of stolen property has been found in a Masterton property after a spate of burglaries in the area, police say.

Amongst the goods discovered in the Dixon Street home on Wednesday, were televisions, wine, CDs, DVDs, bicycles, punching bags, camping equipment, tools, fishing gear, scooters, clothing and bedding, Detective Sergeant Barry Bysouth said.

Police were hoping to reunite the items with their owners.

The goods were believed to be linked to five burglaries from properties and three to thefts from motor vehicles, Mr Bysouth said.

It was believed the alleged thieves were from Auckland and had moved to the Wairarapa but had since fled to Auckland before police could speak with them.

Steps were underway to locate them, he said.

"Due to the recent spate of Masterton burglaries and vehicle crime, the Tactical Crime Unit has been proactive in targeting both known offenders and hot locations in order to reduce crime and prevent further offending.

"This task becomes more complicated for our investigation team when burglary and vehicle offenders move into Masterton from out of the area and we don't know that they are here," Mr Bysouth said.

"Burglaries and vehicle crime are not only considered serious by police but we know they have wider implications on victims who have to deal with strangers having been in their homes and the loss of property which may have taken years to attain."


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