Final of three stolen cars found by police

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 19/06/2014

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The last of three cars stolen from a Palmerston North car dealership has been found in Turangi.

The vehicle, a black 1993 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 1, went missing along with two other vehicles of the same series, a motorcycle and four sets of alloy wheels, when Rose City Cars, in Rangitikei St, was burgled on April 23.

The thieves used another vehicle in the car yard to ram the gates open.

The thieves appeared to have worn gloves, because no fingerprints were left behind.

Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said the third vehicle was found on Tuesday afternoon, when police were looking for a wanted man in Turangi.

The vehicle was found parked in the driveway at the house.

The 34-year-old man, who hid under a bed when police arrived, had strong connections to Palmerston North, but was not from the city, he said.

He appeared in the Taupo District Court yesterday on charges related to his warrant, but further charges were likely.

A forensic examination of the vehicle was conducted yesterday, but it did not appear to be damaged from the outside, Thompson said.

Of the two other vehicles that have been recovered, a 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 was found burnt out on Tiakitahuna Rd on April 26, a few days after the burglary.

A second vehicle, a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9, was found on April 28. The car appeared to have superficial damage. Police refused to comment any further on the circumstances surrounding its recovery.

Police are still searching for the missing motorcycle, an orange and black KTM.

The mag wheels and a dash system were also still missing.

At the time of the break-in, car yard owner Bruce Herbert said they had been at their new premises on Rangitikei St since December, and it was the third time they had been broken into.

Herbert was also subject to an armed robbery in 2012, when the car yard was located on Grey St.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Detective Mike Deegan on 351 3600, or provide information via Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.

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- Manawatu Standard

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