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Arrests after police recover their stolen uniforms

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 17/09/2016

© Radio New Zealand/Claire Eastham-Farrelly Two people have been arrested days after uniforms, handcuffs and batons were stolen from a Waikato police station.

A 24-year-old man faces several dishonesty charges, including burglary, and a 22-year-old woman has been charged with receiving stolen goods.

The arrests related to a spate of burglaries and thefts in the Te Awamutu area, police said.

On Tuesday, items were stolen from Te Awamutu police station, possibly by someone wanting to impersonate an officer.

After carrying out three search warrants in Te Awamutu and Hamilton this week, police said they had now recovered most of the stolen police uniforms, including stab-resistant body armour, two batons, handcuffs and a police identity card.

"It was as a direct result of information from the public about suspicious behaviour in the Te Awamutu township that police were able to apprehend the male offender," Area Commander Inspector Naila Hassan said.

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