Palmerston North police make 42 arrests

21:34, Dec 19 2012

Christmas will not come early for more than 100 people arrested throughout the Central District on drugs and burglary related charges in a two week-long police sting.

Central District Police recovered items including firearms and electronics in the countdown to the gifting season.

Operation Safe Home police executed search warrants across the district during a two week period from December 3 to 14, netting a total of 119 offenders.

A total of 42 arrests were made in Palmerston North.

The rest were apprehended in New Plymouth, Taranaki, Ruapehu, Whanganui, Tararua and Horowhenua for offences ranging from receiving stolen property, burglary and aggravated burglary, to cannabis supply and cultivation, unlawful possession of firearms, and aggravated robbery.

Central District Police had 45 warrants to arrest.

Those arrested were to face a variety of charges in court in coming weeks.

Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Hercock said Operation Safe Home was a normal part of policing, but efforts had to be stepped up by police and home owners alike around Christmas time.

"This time of year is particularly tempting for the criminal fraternity as people usually go on holiday and may forget to tick all the boxes on their to-do list,'' he said.

 ''Remember to secure your possessions and property before you go."


Manawatu Standard