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Arrests as inquiry into caravan thefts continues

Police have made arrests as they continue to seek all those responsible for a spate of caravan and trailer thefts around the city in recent weeks.

The arrests relate to the March 5 theft of a Polaris ATV vehicle on a trailer, stolen from Waikanae Beach Holiday Park.

“We recovered the ATV from a Munro Street property but the trailer is still missing,” said Detective Sergeant Danny Kirk.

“We arrested and charged a 17-year-old male with burglary and he will appear in the Youth Court.

“In addition we have arrested and charged a 22-year-old man with receiving stolen property and he has been remanded in custody to reappear on April 2 in Gisborne District Court.”

Det Sgt Kirk said their investigation into the van and trailer thefts continues.

“We are inquiring into the involvement and some of the associates of the two arrested men in connection with similar thefts that have occurred in the city recently.”

In one incident in Riverdale earlier this week a caravan was taken from outside a house in Emily Street.

The thieves tied the tow bar of the van to the back of their car with rope and an old car seat belt and drove off.

They were pursued by the owners of the van and it was recovered, though damaged, in Lytton Road.

Police last week called on the owners of caravans and trailers to properly secure them and leave them out of sight of the road if possible.