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Thief pleads guilty
Local police have had a busy month with a number of arrests and people being lined up to appear in court.

A local 25-year-old male is facing multiple charges including burglary, obtaining by deception and possession of drug paraphernalia, after a September crime spree.

The perpetrator stole equipment including a TV, Playstation 3 and an air rifle from a Topuni farm, a Paslode staple gun from a Moir Street property and credit card details off an elderly woman, racking up $9000 with online purchases including food and guns.

“He’s admitted to being on meth but says he wants to get his life back on track,” Mangawhai Constable Dale Wewege says.

“He’s pleaded guilty to all charges and is aware he’s possibly facing jail time.”


Ute & bike revovered
A 31-year-old Wellsford man will appear in court on November 10 charged with receiving stolen goods and theft of a vehicle after a dirt bike and utility, stolen from two different North Shore properties in early October, were discovered at a property in Mangawhai with identifying plates changed.


iPhone snatched
An iPhone 7, rose coloured in a white jeweled case, was allegedly stolen from Mangawhai Tavern on October 27. The owner was socialising at the bar around 9.30pm with the phone next to her when the theft occurred and is under investigation.


Something fishy
Two expensive fishing torpedos were reported lost in the waters of Te Arai over Labour Weekend, disappearing in similar circumstances.

“A red Seals Kontiki torpedo line was slashed or snagged on a rock perhaps on October 21,” Wewege says. “And the alarm on a red Predator torpedo was said to be cut off by a passing speed boat on October 22.”

Sounds a bit fishy, however Wewege says he is unsure at this stage if the incidents are linked.


Lost & found
An elderly woman from Wellington lost her red wallet containing money cards, driver license and $30 cash at Mangawhai Heads shops on October 31.

A collapsible walking stick, well used, was left at Mangawhai Village Liquor Store on October 11. Please see Mangawhai Police.


- Reporting / Julia Wad

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