Police nab burglars in Stokes Valley

Monday 10 October 2011, 12:30PM
By New Zealand Police


Police are warning Stokes Valley residents to remain vigilant when it comes to home security, following the arrests of a number of people for burglary in recent weeks.

Sergeant Alan Cappleman of the Naenae Police says in the last month, nine people have been arrested for burglary-related offences, with the majority being committed in Stokes Valley during the day.

"Three people have appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court charged with burglary, three youths aged between 14 and 16 years have appeared in the Lower Hutt Youth Court and a further three youths have been referred to Police Youth Services."

Sergeant Cappleman says some of the arrests were as a result of valuable information from members of the public, the others involved the assistance of Police dog handlers.

"We urge all residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity straight away by phoning Police on 111. It's important that residents secure their premises and ensure all windows and doors are locked to avoid becoming a victim of burglary."

Sergeant Cappleman also has a message for would-be burglars.

"If you are going to commit any burglary-related offences in Stokes Valley and the wider area, you can expect a visit from us."

Anyone with any information in relation to recent burglaries in Stokes Valley can also phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or phone Police on (04) 560 2600.