Police make unexpected find in wardrobe

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 10/01/2013

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New Plymouth police made an unexpected discovery in a wardrobe while hunting a wanted man yesterday.

Police searched an address in Westown looking for Tamati Ruka Thomas, 31, who is wanted for a serious attack on an inmate in New Plymouth Prison on November 12.

Thomas was featured in the Taranaki Daily News in December as one of the region's five most wanted criminals.

Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said while Thomas was not found at the house another wanted man was found hiding in a wardrobe.

The 24-year-old, who had a warrant out for his arrest for breaching his bail conditions, was taken into custody and will appear in the New Plymouth District Court.

Only Robert Hills, 44, who is facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, has been arrested by police since the five most wanted list appeared in the Daily News.

Mr Coward said police were still seeking information on the whereabouts of Thomas, and three others.

"When people are wanted and they don't respond to police inquiries we are always suspicious about what they might be up to," he said.

Rangi Abraham, 21, is facing domestic assault charges, including injuring with intent in June. He has failed to appear in court.

Nico Joseph, 20, was due to appear in the Hawera District Court in September for burglary and stealing cars.

Matthew Ross Ratu, 34, is facing money laundering and burglary charges and there is a warrant out for his arrest.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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