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Arrests made following incidents at Palmerston North commercial premises

Palmerston North crime news

Palmerston North Police investigating three incidents at commercial premises this week have made several arrests.

About 7.30am on 13 September, officers were called to a Ruahine Street dairy following a report of an attempted robbery.

The offenders were not successful and fled the store, and were located and arrested later the same morning.

Two 17-year-old males will appear before the Youth Court in regards to the incident.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with assault, intent to rob and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle, and is next due to appear at Palmerston North District Court on 10 October.

Separately, another group of three males have been arrested and charged in relation to two commercial burglaries.

About 3am on 13 September, Police were called to a burglary at a College Street premises, where entry was allegedly forced and a number of items taken.

Officers also responded to a burglary about 5am on 14 September at a Tremaine Avenue service station, where entry was allegedly forced and numerous items taken.

Police located and apprehended three males at a local residential address later that morning.

The same group has been charged in relation to both of these incidents.

Two men, aged 24 and 19, have appeared on a number of charges, including burglary and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

A third young person has been referred to Youth Services.

Detective Sergeant Carl Newton of Manawatū CIB says he hopes these quick arrests provide reassurance to the community that these matters are taken extremely seriously.

“We know how distressing these types of incidents are, and the impact they have on businesses in our community.

“We have conducted thorough, swift investigations in these matters and are pleased to have put people before the courts.”

As these matters are now before the courts, Police will not comment further.

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Source:NZ Police

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