Stolen school gear sold in capital

Some of the more than $20,000 of equipment stolen from a school near Marton was sold in Wellington, police say.

A storage unit at South Makirikiri School near Marton was broken into between November 30 and December 3. Approximately $20,000 of electrical tools and building items were taken. Other items were found on the site in preparation for removal.

The school was also broken into and four Apple laptops, worth a total of $6000, were stolen from the one classroom. They contained saved student work but no personal information.

Police have arrested a 40-year-old man and 36-year-old woman after some of the stolen items were found at their Marton address.

Marton officer in charge Sergeant Peter Wood said police had received information that some of the stolen property was sold in Wellington.

Construction of the school's extension has slowed until replacement work equipment is obtained.

Police are still searching for some of the stolen items.

Items sought include battery drills, skill saws, Ramset guns, grinders, and a laser level. These items are mostly engraved with either a number or with initials of the individual builder. Two laptops are also still outstanding.

Anyone who may have purchased tools or laptops matching the descriptions, or anyone with information relating to this incident, is asked to call Marton Police on 06 327 6555 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Dominion Post