One man has been arrested and another is still at large after a string of rural burglaries around Palmerston North and Manawatu.
A 22-year-old Palmerston North man was arrested on Friday after a series of burglaries in the past week, where at least two people were using a car to target rural homes with long driveways in Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe and Palmerston North.
Palmerston North Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said the alleged offenders would knock on the door, and if someone was home, tell a story about having run over a dog, or say they were looking for work.
If no-one was home, they would break into the house.
The arrested man has been charged with four burglaries, but police believe there is at least one other main offender still on the loose.
The pair have been linked to nine burglaries.
A vehicle being used in the crimes, a red Toyota Curren, was found at a scrap metal yard over the weekend.
Items taken from the homes included watches, clothing, food and electronics.
The man has been remanded in custody.
- Manawatu Standard
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