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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
34 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 8, 2011 NEWS OUTSTANDING VALUE, LUXURY THROUGHOUT 10 WH 3.3x3 .0 6.0 0x5.7 4.7x4.7 4.7x4.5 4.0x4.5 6.0x x6.2 TOUGHENED D OBSC LOCK 810 KE E LOCK DOUBLE E GARA AG GE W/R MASTER BEDRO OM M BED. 3 LOUNGE Y N N FLOOR AREA: 300 sqM ROVER SALESPERSON ON SITE ON WEEKENDS FROM 1-3PM UNTIL THE SHOW HOME IS COMPLETE NEW GOLDEN HOMES ROVER PLAN SHOWHOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION Corner of SH2 and Norana Road 0800 506 507 11 14 4 423 23 23 Violent break-in shocks shopkeeper By KAROLINE TUCKEY An Upper Hutt shopkeeper has been left shocked at the violence and speed of a smash-and-grab break-in and says the town cen- tre is not what it used to be. Carolyn Watkins, owner- operator of Carolyn Watkins Antiques, says a lot of jewellery was taken in the raid on her Princes St store in the early hours of Sunday, May 22. They smashed the front door in with a paving brick from the new Hazelwoods construction site -- I m presuming that s where they got it from -- and came into the shop and then beat up a glass cabinet with an iron bar. The robbers were gone within the four minutes it took for police to arrive on the scene in response to an alarm, strewing jewellery behind in their wake, and leaving a lot of damage -- glass everywhere, glass all over the footpath and all over the shop, she says. They weren t here very long. It was done with such force, it s just really disturbing. Police responding with a dog team tracked the burglars to the nearby Upper Hutt railway station where they say a get- away car was waiting. Ms Watkins believes the shop had been cased and the burglars were attracted by the shiny, old- looking jewellery. The stuff they ve taken is dis- tinctive -- some of it s old, so if they try to sell it again it ll be distinctive. But there s a market for it these days, selling gold stuff. They did take some costume jewellery because it s all mixed in together, but with these types of people they don t know the difference between a sapphire and an emerald, and that s what makes them dangerous. Police believe the burglary may be linked to a nearly ident- ical raid on a cabinet of rare watches at a jewellers in Lower Hutt a week earlier. Both stores have been swept for finger- prints, and Ms Watkins said the burglars had been caught on camera in the raid on her store. Upper Hutt Inspector Mike Hill said he did not believe the raids were connected to inter- national jewellery robbers accused of two robberies netting about $700,000 worth of loot in Auckland early last month, despite two men and a woman connected to the ring being caught in Wellington on May 26. We re putting it down to a group of people who are working throughout Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wellington; organised criminals, but not gang mem- bers, he said. The burglary was the first in 32 years of business, Ms Watkins said, though there had been an unsuccessful attempt about five years ago and another many years before that. We ll recover from it, because we are insured and the insur- ance company will honour it, but it makes me feel very insecure because if that sort of thing keeps happening your insurance goes up to the point you can t afford it any more, and it s quite hard to get commercial in- surance. But the burglary, and the feel- ing the city centre was not as safe as it once was, was very disturbing and unsettling, she said. We just think there s quite a bad element in Upper Hutt; at the moment there s a lot of van- dalism and destruction and theft. The police are good, but it s not the place it used to be. A new rose blooms Hutt Valley entrant Ailbhe Ryan was named 2010 New Zealand Rose of Tralee at a ball in Wellington on Saturday evening. To make the evening even more special, it was her father's birthday, and he was born in Tralee. As the New Zealand Rose, Ailbhe will travel to Tralee, Ireland, to represent the New Zealand Irish community at the International Rose of Tralee Festival.
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