Digger, tools, gun seized in raid
A stolen digger worth about $30,000 was part of a haul of property recovered by police during a raid at an Auckland property.
Other stolen items that were found when officers from the Waitemata tactical and organised crime teams carried out a search warrant at the Riverhead house were about 20 power tools worth $15,000, a trailer valued at $15,000, a generator valued at $9000, welders valued at $6000 and a motorbike.
The total estimated value of the recovered property was around $100,000.
Police believe the stolen items came from across the wider Auckland region.
Officers also seized a modified pistol-grip pump-action shot gun and ammunition.
Police raided the same property several weeks ago and seized a quantity of methamphetamine, as well as drug lab equipment and materials, two stun guns, around $4500 cash, a shotgun and a pistol.
Constable Aaron Straka from Waitemata Police said the black market trade in stolen property was "appalling".
"A lot of the stolen property we found were tools, stolen from people who are just trying to make an honest living," he said.
A 50 year-old man had been charged with multiple counts of receiving stolen property, as well as possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.
He will appear in the Waitakere District Court next week.
A 52 year-old man has also been charged with firearms, drug possession and supply related charges and will reappear in the Waitakere District Court in October.