Police uncover haul of stolen property

STOLEN GOODS: Police are sorting through the haul in order to return items to their owners.
STOLEN GOODS: Police are sorting through the haul in order to return items to their owners.

Police are hunting burglars who they believe may have fled to Auckland after investigations uncovered a haul of stolen property at a Wairarapa house.

Wairarapa's tactical crime unit had been investigating a rash of home and shed burglaries around Masterton when they discovered a house full of what they believe to be stolen goods.

Police found flat screen televisions, CDs and DVDs, bicycles, punching bags, camping equipment, tools, fishing gear, scooters, clothing and bedding at the Dixon St house.

Police linked the items they found with five burglaries from people's homes, and three of the items to thefts from vehicles.

However police are now looking for the Dixon St house's occupants whom they believed were from Auckland and may have since fled back there as they disappeared before the police could speak to them.

Detective Sergeant Barry Bysouth said police had been targeting recidivist offenders and "hot locations" to reduce burglary and theft crimes.

"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."

In July the tactical crime unit had re-located themselves to Featherston for a month to target increased offending in that area.

Bysouth said that strategy had worked well and the team was likely to embed themselves in Wairarapa's burglary hot spots again for longer periods.

"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,” he said.

Wairarapa police hoped to reunite the items found at the Dixon St house with their owners.

The Dominion Post