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Burglars strip Eke home

Wairarapa Times-Age
Seamus Boyer

11 February 2011

Calls have been made for greater neighbourhood vigilance in Eketahuna after a house was completely cleaned out in a burglary.

Eketahuna Senior Constable Earl Fincham said a house near the town centre was broken into some time between January 25 and 26.

A long list of items was stolen, including a television, telephones, a toaster, slow cooker and the contents of the freezer.

Bedspreads, towels and cutlery were also taken, with Mr Fincham saying it seemed like someone might be "setting up a house".

"Obviously, all the stuff could be someone going flatting."

He said the woman who owned the house had been away at the time, but better communication or neighbourly vigilance might have helped to stop the burglary.

Neighbourhood Support Masterton co-ordinator Sam Andrews-Paul said she was not aware of a Neighbourhood Support group in Eketahuna.

She said the beauty of the system was in its simplicity, with email helping to connect people quickly and easily.

"People can say 'Hey, I'm away for the next couple of days, can you watch my house, please.'

"It's not something where we want to have a big group meeting or anything."

She said an Eketahuna chapter of the organisation could be set up if there was a willingness to start one.

Anyone with information relating to the burglary is asked to phone Mr Fincham at Eketahuna police station on (06) 375 8277.


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