Dog used as ploy by arrested men

21:00, May 16 2014

Palmerston North Police are warning people to be wary of scammers after a burglar was caught knocking on doors under the pretence of having found a lost dog.

Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said three men were disturbed in the process of burgling a house on Windsor St by members of the public on Thursday afternoon.

When police arrived, one man ran from the house while the other two attempted to escape by car. The man on foot was tracked and caught by a police dog, while the driver of the vehicle was arrested when the car was pulled over a short time later. The passenger fled, but was tracked by a police dog and arrested.

All three men, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old from Palmerston North, and a 20-year-old from Whanganui, were charged with burglary.

Ward said what was particularly concerning was that one had a dog they were using as an excuse to knock on doors. If anyone answered, they would tell them they had found the dog and ask if it was theirs.

The men will appear in the Palmerston North District Court next week. Police are interested in speaking to anyone who saw or heard anything about 1pm on Thursday in the area of Windsor St. Ph 351 3600.


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