Shotgun theft led to arrest
A 22-year-old man surrendered himself to police after a negotiation team was called to Havelock on Thursday.
Police were called when a relative of the man discovered a shotgun had been taken from a building in Havelock.
Marlborough area commander Inspector Simon Feltham said the shotgun had been stolen during a burglary on Tuesday.
The family was concerned about the man's mental health after he went missing and contacted police on Thursday.
A police negotiation team from Nelson arrived to assist Havelock and Blenheim police.
They were able to talk to the man on his cellphone and convince him to turn himself in, Mr Feltham said.
He was arrested on Thursday evening and charged with burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Jack William Humm, 22, of Okaramio, appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Friday charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and burglary.
He was bailed to an Okaramio address with the condition he not enter Havelock township. He is to reappear on September 30.
The firearm was recovered from the Pelorus area on Friday morning.
Police were pleased to have resolved a potentially dangerous situation without anyone being hurt, Mr Feltham said. "This result was obtained through a combination of good information from the public, great local knowledge from the Havelock police staff, and the expertise of the police negotiation team," he said.
- The Marlborough Express