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Stolen snow gear found in police raids

Police executed search warrants across four Turangi properties, between 4 and 14 September.

Police have located six snowboards, which were stolen at Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields in July.

Staff executed search warrants across four Turangi properties, between 4 and 14 September, and recovered the snowboards, which were stolen over three days in July.

In addition to the snowboards, three firearms were also located and seized as well as several hundred cannabis plants.

Follow up enquiries have identified five people involved in the snowboard thefts.

The offenders will be trespassed from both Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields for two years, and will likely face charges relating to theft, firearms and drugs.

“The ski industry is a significant part of our local economy,” says Sergeant Lane Demchy.

“When offending occurs on our mountain we will make every effort to hold people accountable.

“In this case it’s great to be able to recover some of the stolen property and return it to the rightful owners.”

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