100-year-old stolen artefacts recovered by police

Firearms and cash seized in Thames on Thursday. Photo: Waikato Police Facebook.

Illegal drugs, cash and stolen 100-year-old artefacts have been recovered by police executing search warrants in Thames.

The stolen artefacts had been taken in a burglary of a Te Arapipi Road address in early January.

Methamphetamine and a significant amount of cannabis was located.

Four firearms including three shotguns and a large array of ammunition and more than $9500 cash was also seized.

While the search continued, officers found a large amount of stolen property from recent burglaries in the Thames area.

Property included a quad bike, a lawn mower, builders tools including grinders, nail guns, air compressors, chainsaws and hand tools, fishing rods and two wooden planter boxes recently stolen from outside the Ngatea Pub.

Also recovered were a range of medals including WW1 medals and old coins, as well and a hand-carved Maori Adze.

A 33-year-old Thames man will be appearing in the Thames court this morning, charged with a range of offences.

Waikato Eastern Area Criminal Investigations Manager Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Ambler is very satisfied with his team for their good work.

“We would to thank the community for their help and for speaking out when they saw activity that they knew wasn't right.

“This is a great example of the community working together with some smart Police work to take out criminals.

“We are committed to reducing the supply of drugs and reducing criminal offending. This is a significant result for the new year and will have a positive impact on reducing harm as we head into 2019.

“I actively encourage people to contact Police to let us know about people involved in the supply of drugs, or accumulating wealth and assets with no apparent legitimate means."

If you, or someone you know, is using drugs, you can seek help by contacting your local GP, by ringing the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, or texting 8681 seven days a week to speak to a trained counsellor.

Anyone who wishes to give information anonymously can do so by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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