Nowhere to run for Waikato burglars

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 11:51 18/07/2014

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Police nailed two alleged burglars in a perfectly co-coordinated rapid response overnight.

The pair now face charges of burglary, unlawful taking and possession of cannabis.

A 111 call came in shortly after 10pm last night from Morrinsville residents who reported that two men had broken into their house and stolen their Nissan Navara ute.

The Waikato Times was on patrol with police at the time and witnessed events unfold en route to the scene.

Police patrols converged on the area around Page St and Florence Dr in the east of the town and the ute was found abandoned.

The alleged thieves had fled on foot.

A dog and handler were called in to track their scent and highway patrol cars and Morrinsville police closed in to lock down the surrounding streets.

Conditions at the time were cool and calm and deserted. Perfect dog tracking weather.When the Waikato Times found the cluster of police cars outside 49 Young St at about 10.35pm, two men were in handcuffs eyeing the police dog warily.

They were taken away in separate police cars at 10.46pm.District road policing manager, Inspector Freda Grace described it as the ''perfect'' catch.

It was quick and there were enough police to do the the job well, she said.

''Staff went to the job with urgency. There was good information coming in and that information was relayed to staff on the ground who did what they were supposed to do.

''The dog and handler picked up the men's trail around Page St and Florence Drv. They crossed a paddock, dodging cows, then crossed Snell St and traveled up Young St, past Gummer and Wiseley side roads.

The track led straight to the two men who had run into a police and were already cuffed.

They had denied involvement until Gabby the police dog confronted them and they allegedly ''coughed'' - police slang for fessing up to the crime.

''It was a really good track and because the area was sealed down no contamination occurred,'' Grace said. ''Everything came together perfectly.''

At the same time, police were dealing with an aggravated robbery in Ngaruawahia.

Waikato Police communications manager Andrew McAlley said it shows how the new operating system, via the district command centre, works.

''The beauty of it now is you have the 111 calls coming in and you have the command centre triaging and managing them. As they're overseeing the dispatch and backfill of staff going to Morrinsville, they're also ensuring there's sufficient staff elsewhere.

''The command centre is looking at how many staff are on and assigning those staff to simultaneous serious incidents.''

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- Waikato Times

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