More crime in Tamahere

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Thieves continue to plague Tamahere.

Thieves targeted this honesty box twice in recent weeks
Thieves targeted this honesty box twice in recent weeks

A Newell Rd roadside stall – hit twice in recent weeks – is the most recent theft reported to Tamahere Forum.

Police urge residents to report any incidents as a pattern of activity could help them stop the crime.

Newell Rd resident Vicki Annison said the locked, honesty box on her family’s roadside stall was jemmied open today and the modest amount of takings stolen.

The theft follows an earlier one a few weeks ago when the box’s padlock was cut off and the small amount of cash made from selling eggs, fruit, plants and vegetables taken.

“We’ve had regular trade from locals and would hate to have to be forced to stop selling our surplus produce,” Annison said.

The police took the report of the theft very seriously, she said.

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“They would like any similar incidents to be reported to them so they can build an intelligence file as that is how they will catch the thieves,” said Annison who uses the stall’s income to buy feed for her hens as well as compost and seeds for the garden.

The theft comes on the heels of the burglary of The Providore earlier in February, after Waitangi Weekend, and the daylight burglary of an Airport Rd property a week later.

Also, in late January, Forum reader Jo Wells told the Forum in a comment that she and neighbours had their fruit trees stripped of fruit.

Please report any crime or suspicious behaviour in the neighbourhood to Hamilton Police, (07) 858 6200. In an emergency dial 111.

2 thoughts on “More crime in Tamahere

  • March 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    we to had our cash box stolen.
    Initially it started with an icecream container and that was working fine . It then was stolen so we thought
    we would move on to a locked cash tin just like the one pictured and had it chained to the fence.
    We didnt leave it out overnite so it was stolen during the day.
    We then bought a letterbox which had to be unlocked to get the cash out but I dare say
    a big screwdriver or something similar would have prized that open to.
    These people carry bolt cutters with them just for these occasions.
    We soon stopped our road side stalls .

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    • March 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm
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      Really sorry to hear that Joy. I sure hope the days of honesty boxes aren’t over. It would be a sad comment on NZ if that was the case.

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