Two arrested after spate of burglaries and thefts in Manawatū
Two people have been arrested after items stolen from around Manawatu were discovered at a property in Feilding.
A 27-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested on Friday and charged with dishonesty offences..
Senior Sergeant Steve Crawford said many of the items they found were trade tools, which they believed were stolen from construction sites and trade vehicles in the Palmerston North and Feilding.
"It can be difficult to track some of this property back to the rightful owner without any identifying marks, or recorded serial numbers.
"This is a timely reminder to everyone, especially tradesman, to record the serial numbers of their tools, or mark them in a way that makes them easily identifiable."
Crawford said websites like snap.org.nz greatly helped police in finding owners of stolen items.
They encouraged people to secure their valuables.
"Ensuring your vehicle, shed or building site is adequately secured is a simple and effective way of deterring thieves.
"Consider removing equipment from buildings sites or your vehicle, particularly at weekends.
"If tools must be kept in a vehicle, they should be stored in a lock box secured to the vehicle and a good-quality alarm should be installed."
The arrested pair will appear in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday.