Four men charged in relation to burglaries

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 12:01 20/06/2012

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Four men have been charged in connection with 15 daytime burglaries committed in Timaru since May 1.

Several firearms were among the items stolen in the burglaries, which took place at residences in Richmond, Rhodes, Raymond, Craighead, Church, Cook, Wilson and Jackson streets and in Aorangi and Old North roads.

Only a few items, including a computer, chainsaw and collectible sports cards, have been recovered, Timaru police said. It's likely that a majority of the stolen property, including the firearms, was sent out of the area.

A 21-year-old Timaru man has been charged with seven counts of daytime burglary, possession of cannabis and possession of utensils for smoking cannabis after police executed a search warrant at a Canada St residence yesterday.

Police said it was likely the man could also be connected with more of the burglaries.

A 33-year-old Timaru man was also arrested in connection with five burglaries, and a 24-year-old Timaru man reported for receiving stolen property.

A 30-year-old man from Cave was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of cannabis and possession of drug utensils.

Police said it was possible that more individuals would be charged as the investigation progressed.

''We think we've got the main players, but our enquiries are continuing,'' Senior Sergeant Mark Offen said.

It appeared the property was taken in exchange for cash and drugs.

Firearms reported stolen in recent burglaries include a .270, a .308 a .22, several shotguns and a .303. Other items reported stolen include electrical equipment and food taken from freezers.

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