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Thefts, crashes, kicks and chases within the wake of mayhem

A person who witnesses say stole a ute with a canine inside, tried to kick a development employee and led police on a path of mayhem throughout central Dunedin was caught hours later in Oamaru.

It began when police acquired stories of two males performing suspiciously and damaging bushes in Queens Gardens at round 11.50am yesterday.

Shortly earlier than officers arrived, two males, considered one of whom had taken off his shirt and wrapped it round his head, have been seen throwing two pairs of footwear into decrease Burlington Road earlier than strolling into site visitors.

Two witnesses who have been leaving the park stated the lads have been violent and gave the impression to be on medication.

”We’re fairly used to it, we’re from Auckland,” stated one.

The person may very well be seen Otago Each day Instances employees interfering with a blue Toyota sedan which was parked throughout the highway exterior the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum the place they remained whereas police vehicles drove previous.

As officers spoke to witnesses within the park, the lads have been seen getting out and in of the automotive, repeatedly opening and shutting his boot, earlier than the person within the shirt tried the door on the Toyota and fled in the direction of the practice station. His companion remained within the automotive.

Police stated on the time that officers have been unable to find the person and the report was closed.

At round 12.10pm, a witness at lunch exterior the practice station noticed a person approaching three Naylor Love development employees together with his fists raised.

The person was carrying a purple shirt described as being on his head in Queens Gardens, tried to take it off and tried to kick one of many employees earlier than fleeing on foot and driving over the bonnet of a automotive parked on the practice station platform. , the witness stated.

Different witnesses stated the person then acquired a bicycle with a basket on the entrance and disappeared in the direction of Thomas Burns St.

Shortly after, KiwiHarvest operations supervisor Rae De Haan stated a inexperienced Suzuki Escudo ute was stolen from the organisation’s driveway in Willis St and the one that took it left the bike with a basket on the entrance behind.

The automotive belonged to KiwiHarvest driver Richard Yardley, who turned up on his break day. His black poodle Archie was within the automotive, leaving Mr Yardley distraught and frantically looking out the world, Ms De Haan stated.

It did not take lengthy for the person to return to the eye of the police once more when the stolen automotive crashed into two different autos on Cumberland St (State Freeway 1) round 12.25am.

Dunedin resident Matt Anderson stated he was ready in site visitors on the St Andrews St junction when a inexperienced ute rear-ended the van he was in and pushed them into the again of the SUV in entrance, damaging the van’s radiator.

The person driving the ute sped away, Mr Anderson stated.

One other witness stated the ute collided with one other automobile in one other part of Cumberland St, close to the New World grocery store, and was later seen touring north on State Freeway 1, the place it practically collided with two lorries.

A reporter for the Otago Each day Instances, who noticed the Ute going north, stated it was blowing a tire off the wheels, with a number of law enforcement officials about 5 minutes behind.

An ODT photographer stated a path of shredded rubber left on the highway confirmed the ute had most likely traveled a number of kilometers on its rims earlier than turning onto Pigeon Flat Rd.

4 police vehicles arrived, two of which drove down Pigeon Flat Rd, with officers armed with rifles and handguns.

The ute was discovered deserted, partially blocking the highway the place it crashed right into a financial institution.

Archie was unhurt within the entrance seat, the photographer stated.

The driving force appeared to have set off on foot into thick bush within the space and it’s understood a canine staff has been dispatched to seek for him.

A police spokeswoman stated a 33-year-old man was taken into custody in Oamaru in the course of the afternoon.

He was because of seem within the Timaru District Courtroom on a number of expenses, together with assaulting an individual in a home relationship, acquiring by fraud and numerous theft-related expenses.

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