Overnight burglary spree across city


Palmerston North police are appealing for help from the public after a series of burglaries across the city overnight, with offenders raiding offices, houses and cars parked at motels.

Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said the first major incident took place shortly before 8pm, when a woman who lives near Racecourse Rd found two men trying to take a television out her front window.

‘‘She was pretty upset and distressed at seeing that.’’

The offenders left the television and ran, and police used dogs to try find them.

As they were not found, police were now looking for two males who are both about 16 years old and 170 centimetres tall.

At 3.30 this morning, a security guard saw two men ransacking an office near the southern end of Church St.

Mr Ward said there was multiple burglaries in the Awapuni area overnight, which could be connected.

Police were now looking for two men seen in the area that night.

There was some success for police though.

Throughout the night multiple cars were broken into, including four parked near the Travelodge.

While police did not find anyone right after, they did pull over a man described as ‘‘acting suspiciously’’.

He was arrested for driving while disqualified, but his passenger ended up running away from police.

After a short chase on foot, the man was caught and charged with escaping custody and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was scheduled to appear in the Palmerston North District Court today.

Mr Ward said any information could either be passed on to Palmerston North police by calling 351 3600, or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

Manawatu Standard