All gone in planned burglary

MISSING: These trailers, this quad bike and tools all valued at around $30,000 have been stolen from an isolated property at Potaka. Picture supplied

Two hunters in the darkness of early dawn noticed lights were on at their aunt’s house in rural Potaka at the top of East Cape.

They knew she and her husband were in Australia.

So they grabbed their truck and headed over to investigate.

When they arrived, a Nissan truck was leaving the property at high speed.

It crashed into their vehicle, pushed them off the road and took off — with $30,000 worth of stolen goods.

This happened at 4.30am on June 17.

The residents of the Potaka property were in Australia working and sending money home to buy things for their property. Their belongings were kept safe in two locked shipping containers.

The property was quite isolated, and the containers could not be seen from the road.

Their niece, Arlu Brooking, took to Facebook to help catch the perpetrators, and let the public know if they were offered a good deal on the items pictured in the photo to be suspicious.

Stolen were tools, a quad motorbike, the motorbike trailer and another trailer — valued around $30,000.

The owners did not have insurance because they were out of the country for more than three months at a time and could not find a company to insure them.

Instead, they took their own precautions.

Both gates to their property were chained and the door handles of the shipping containers had metal plates welded over them.

Ms Brooking said the extent the offenders went to was “phenomenal”.

“The chains on the two locked gates were cut and the metal plates on the shipping container doors were ground off.

“So they definitely knew what they were doing and that there were valuable items in there.”

Ms Brooking said to put into context how much was stolen, all that was left from two shipping containers could now fit into one.

“I was just really upset for my aunty. They have been away working in Australia and coming back and forth for so many years. This has really knocked them about.”

Ms Brooking’s post about the theft on Facebook has been shared 315 times and the police have been contacted.

Two hunters in the darkness of early dawn noticed lights were on at their aunt’s house in rural Potaka at the top of East Cape.

They knew she and her husband were in Australia.

So they grabbed their truck and headed over to investigate.

When they arrived, a Nissan truck was leaving the property at high speed.

It crashed into their vehicle, pushed them off the road and took off — with $30,000 worth of stolen goods.

This happened at 4.30am on June 17.

The residents of the Potaka property were in Australia working and sending money home to buy things for their property. Their belongings were kept safe in two locked shipping containers.

The property was quite isolated, and the containers could not be seen from the road.

Their niece, Arlu Brooking, took to Facebook to help catch the perpetrators, and let the public know if they were offered a good deal on the items pictured in the photo to be suspicious.

Stolen were tools, a quad motorbike, the motorbike trailer and another trailer — valued around $30,000.

The owners did not have insurance because they were out of the country for more than three months at a time and could not find a company to insure them.

Instead, they took their own precautions.

Both gates to their property were chained and the door handles of the shipping containers had metal plates welded over them.

Ms Brooking said the extent the offenders went to was “phenomenal”.

“The chains on the two locked gates were cut and the metal plates on the shipping container doors were ground off.

“So they definitely knew what they were doing and that there were valuable items in there.”

Ms Brooking said to put into context how much was stolen, all that was left from two shipping containers could now fit into one.

“I was just really upset for my aunty. They have been away working in Australia and coming back and forth for so many years. This has really knocked them about.”

Ms Brooking’s post about the theft on Facebook has been shared 315 times and the police have been contacted.

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