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Empty petrol tank foils Whangarei burglary

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/05/2017

Police officers in Northland didn't have to look far to catch a pair of burglars whose vehicle ran out of petrol just as they were making their getaway.

Whangarei police say the "boneheads" seemed to forget to check their fuel gauge as they left a house on Whareora Road on Monday with the homeowner's television, home brew supply and a CCTV camera.

"We found them high-tailing it away from their vehicle just down the road from the burglary," they said in a Facebook post.

"Sometimes we have to work hard to solve a crime and investigate the matter to the n-th degree. But sometimes, like yesterday, they fall into our laps."

Police said images from the stolen CCTV camera were also reviewed for evidence.

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