A recently finished tsunami bridge in Tauranga has already come in handy - for two burglars escaping a crime scene.
The men fled over the Calypso Drive footbridge in the suburb of Papamoa after a 40-year-old man arrived home to find them in his living room.
Police yesterday found what they believe to be the getaway vehicle, and say its owner is helping with the investigation.
"The owner is to be charged with a number of burglaries from here and possibly the Hamilton area," Sergeant Phil Gilbanks, of the Papamoa police, said.
He told Fairfax Media the suspect was believed to be behind six local burglaries in the past week.
The thieves abandoned bags of meat and a television on the patio of the house when the homeowner discovered them about 6pm.
He then pursued them on foot, and the men ran across the evacuation bridge, dropping a camcorder during the chase.
Mr Gilbanks said the community had been "absolutely brilliant" in helping catch the suspect.
The men were described as Maori, aged about 20 to 25, about 1.8 metres tall, and wearing dark pants and hooded sweatshirts. Fairfax NZ
- Waikato Times