Police arrest man over 32 furniture burglaries in Auckland

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A man has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries across Auckland.

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A man has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries across Auckland.

Police have arrested a 31-year-old man believed to be responsible for 32 staged home burglaries across Auckland.

Staged homes are properties on the market that have been dressed up with rental furniture to make the home attractive to buyers.

Senior Detective Sergeant Kathy Bostock described how police caught the man and his 28-year-old female passenger.

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“This morning the Auckland City East Tactical Crime Unit observed a vehicle with an attached trailer containing a large amount of furniture driving through Glen Innes towards Kohimarama,” Bostock said.

“Investigations determined the vehicle was linked to a person police were looking for in connection with at least 16 break-ins in the Auckland district.”

Police then attempted to stop the vehicle on St Heliers Bay Road, but the man fled, ‘driving dangerously’ during peak morning traffic.

“The spikes were successfully deployed causing the vehicle to slow down and eventually come to a stop on Camp Road, Ōtāhuhu,” Bostock said.

The man and woman will appear in Auckland District Court.

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The man and woman will appear in Auckland District Court.

The man has been arrested and will appear in Auckland District Court today on multiple counts including burglary.

The woman is facing charges in Auckland District Court over matters unrelated to the burglaries.

“It was a fantastic effort by the police, who continue to work hard to keep our communities safe and we remain focused on actively targeting those involved in criminal activity,” Bostock said.

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