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Police updates – Alexandra car thefts arrest, Te Hapara homicide, Hawke’s Bay crime

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 7 July 2022.

Arrest made following Alexandra car thefts

A 19-year-old Alexandra man has been arrested and charged in relation to a series of vehicle thefts in the area over the last year.

He has been charged with eight counts of unlawfully taking a vehicle and one count of careless driving.

Police would like to thank members of the public who provided information which led to the arrest.

“It’s also a timely reminder to make sure you secure all your belongings, including your vehicle,” says Constable Sophie Mcskimming, of Alexandra Police.

“Garage your vehicle if you can, lock the doors, and don’t leave anything in the vehicle when you’re not using it.”

The 19-year-old is next due to appear in Alexandra District Court on 3 August.

Police target offending across the Hawke’s Bay

What was initially reported as two people acting suspiciously, ended in two arrests in the Hawke’s Bay yesterday.

A local security company noticed two people acting suspicious in the Onekawa area of Napier and alerted Police.

Napier staff attended and arrested a 39-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman.

The man is due to appear in Napier District Court in relation to burglary.

Earlier this morning, Hastings Police were alerted to a burglary on Gordon Road, and two people were seen leaving in a vehicle.

The vehicle was located nearby and stopped by Police a short time later.

A number of stolen food items were located in the boot of the vehicle.

Two people have been charged with burglary and will be appearing in the Hastings District Court yesterday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Police received multiple reports of a motorists driving erratically on the Napier-Hastings Expressway around 5:30pm.

The vehicle was observed crossing the centre line and hitting the safety barrier.

Police responded and were fortunately able to locate the vehicle before any further damage was caused or injury to the driver or other motorists.

The driver was spoken to and forbidden to drive for the next 12 hours.

Police would like to thank all members of the public who reported these incidents across the Hawke’s Bay over the past few days.

A key focus for Police is preventing crime from happening in the first place.

Through information received we have been able to prevent further criminal activity from occurring in the district and hold offenders to account.

Name release – Te Hapara homicide

Police can now name the deceased woman at the centre of a homicide investigation in Te Hapara, Gisborne.

Chephar Hollis-Brown, aged 25, of Gisborne died on Sunday at a Centennnial Crescent property.

The investigation into her death continues, and Police are urging people to come forward if they have any information.

Anyone who can help, including with details about any vehicles in the vicinity of Centennial Crescent between midnight and 5am on Sunday 3 July, is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote file number 220704/2779.

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