Central Leader : November 24th 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 NEWS Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 21 LADY RUBY DRIVE EAST TAMAKI WEDNESDAY 1st December 9AM - 4PM THURSDAY 2nd December 9AM - 4PM FRIDAY 3rd December 9AM - 4PM SATURDAY 4th December 9AM - 2PM Join the FRANKLIN TROTTING CLUB inc on Friday 26th November for their 2010 PAK'n SAVE Franklin Cup Meeting at ALEXANDRA PARK RACEWAY AUCKLAND FEATURE EVENT $55,000 PAK'N' SAVE FRANKLIN CUP First Race 6.15pm EXCITING HARNESS RACING ACTION UNDER LIGHTS! $2000 in Grocery Vouchers to be won FREE ADMISSION GAMING LOUNGE 3289612AA Thieves take memories By RHIANNON HORRELL A warning to others: Sandringham resident Patrick Foster was shocked to discover his house had been burgled when he arrived home last Wednesday. He believes the Balmoral and Sandringham area has been targeted by thieves and would like to warn others about security. Photo: JASON OXENHAM A FATHER of three is appealing to thieves for the return of a DVD hard drive which contains irreplaceable footage of his grandmother who died earlier this year. Patrick Foster estimates he is $10,000 out of pocket after thieves entered his home on November 10 but says he has been hurt most by the loss of the sentimental footage. The hard drive also included recorded material of his children playing sport and some of their milestones. They don t care about the after effects, the Sandring- ham resident says of the thieves. They were pretty quick, they were opportunists. We re happy that no one got hurt. Mr Foster believes those responsible entered the house through a kitchen window left ajar, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on November 10. Other items taken include a PlayStation3, an LCD tele- vision, an mp3 player and a video camera. I was home from work sick and I went out to pick up the kids from school. They work so fast, it s very methodical. Mr Foster says the house next door was burgled three weeks ago. These things are happening and neigh- bourhoods aren t like they used to be, people don t talk as much anymore. It is a concern. You go through a process of emotions. The cops do the best they can but you sort of feel help- less and angry. It s traumatised the kids as well. He believes there have been around 19 burglaries in the area over recent months. That s a high number in a short period of time. It s not until you start asking questions that people say: Oh yeah, we were burgled too . The numbers build when you talk to people. That s the frustrating thing -- these guys can get away with it. It s just the reality of the environment, we hear house alarms around here all the time. Perhaps it s time the neighbourhood communicated. That sort of efficiency is something you can t defend against. With Christmas coming it s a smorgasbord for these guys. It s just a warning for the neighbourhood. Police sergeant Gary Ball of the Avondale patrol group says unfortunately thieves move from one suburb to another. They re transients, they don t like to be discovered. We try our best and attend as soon as possible. If there s any forensics then we follow up on those but if no one was seen then it can be hard. IN BRIEF Parade clips Thousands of people across central Auckland will be lining the streets to watch Christmas parades over the next few days. We're keen to run a selection of video highlights in our online editions. Email your clip -- no longer than two minutes -- or YouTube link to Oliver.Li@snl.co.nz and watch this paper for details on when to view them at www.centralleader.co.nz. Music school Registrations are open for the annual Central City Music Theatre January Summer School. Aspiring performers from across the region will have the chance to learn under the guidance of an international mix of skilled mentors. Go online to www.ccmt.org.nz for more information. Second robbery A Dominion Rd antiques dealer has been robbed at knifepoint -- the second incident at the store in two weeks. The drama unfolded at Antique Alley at 10.13am on Monday when police were called to the address. An email sent out later in the day by store management says: ''This morning we were held up by two men in balaclavas each brandishing large butcher knives. They have taken most of our rings -- dress, men's, engagement, eternity -- gold bracelets and gold necklaces.'' The store is now in the process of sending out valuation images of some of the rings to others in the business. Manager Gareth Brettell did not wish to comment on Monday's robbery. The incident is two weeks to the day since a tray of gold necklaces was taken from the store when the counter was momentarily unattended. Up to 20 gold chains were stolen by a man who had leaned over the desk and put the tray into his bag. If you are able to provide any information call detective constable Katherine Young on 820-5631 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800-555-111.
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