Waikato burglars take day off

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 08:45 28/07/2014

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There were no burglaries recorded in the 24-hour period after the execution of a two-month investigation into a series of aggravated robberies in the Waikato.

There were no reported burglaries from as far south as Te Kuiti up to the Coromandel. Police called it a "marquee" event

It follows the final phase of Operation Ollivier that culminated in the arrests of 20 people at various Hamilton properties on Tuesday. Ollivier was launched after seven aggravated robberies across the region this year.

Typically, burglary numbers range from six to 12 per day, yet Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend was cautious about exactly what caused the reduction.

"There's lots of activity going on there that is very quickly known in those circles and it tends to make them lie low because they don't know what's going on.

"An initial indication would be that's a good effect [of the operation], but there could be other stuff going on."

The number of burglaries has been known to reach 20 per day.

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