Second arrest in relation to burglaries

A second person has been arrested in relation to a slew of burglaries in rural North Otago.

Properties or outbuildings in Oamaru Creek, Windsor Park, Teaneraki, Coalpit, Airedale, Homestead, Mt Misery, Ferry and Seven Mile Rds were all entered and a variety of items stolen, including farm equipment, fuel, clothing, jewellery and other items, between September 28 and 30.

Detective Sergeant Hannah Booth, of Oamaru, said police executed two search warrants at a Windsor Rd address in Windsor and a Maude St property in the South Hill area of Oamaru.

As a result a 23-year-old Oamaru man was arrested.

Det Sgt Booth confirmed the man will be charged with eight counts of burglary and was likely to appear in the Timaru District Court today.

The arrest follows that of Jayden Miliken (24), of Oamaru, at a Weston Rd address last Wednesday. He was charged with nine counts of burglary and one of arson, after a silver Mitsubishi Triton flat-bed ute was reported stolen from a Kakanui Valley Rd address last Monday (which police believe was used in at least one of the burglaries) and was later found burned out in Old Mill Rd.

His next court appearance is scheduled for October 16 in Oamaru.

Det Sgt Booth said it was not thought a drone was used to plan or execute any of the burglaries.

daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

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