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RUG SALE RUG SALE Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm; Sun & Public Holidays 9.30am-5pm EMERGENCY RUN FOR CHARITY Highland Park community police constable Merv Hotter is teaming up with Otara re station o cer Stephen Thuell for a 7.5km community fun run, in full emergency services uniform, with all money raised to be donated to the Child Cancer Foundation. Page 2 By Chris Harrowell A RARE and valuable Swiss-made watch is among dozens of potentially stolen items of property found by police inside a storage container. The discovery came as Coun- ties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch (CIB) executed a search warrant at a storage busi- ness in Flat Bush on October 19. Upon opening one of the contain- ers at the premises in Ormiston Road, investigators found more than 10 sets of industrial tools, four televisions, eight laptop computers, cellphones, jewellery, a hunting knife, alcohol and a pair of football boots. Inside the container also was a Vacheron Constantine Swiss-made watch, which if authentic may be worth $20,000, as well as several dis- tinctive rings. All up, police estimate the property is worth about $50,000. “We were really surprised, as nor- mally people wouldn’t keep so much stuff in storage,” detective Sunny Sun told the Times. The police swooped on the site as a result of information received about possible illegal activity. Investigating offcers have so far been unable to match up much of the recovered property with its rightful owners. “We’ve checked the police compu- ter system to see if any of it has been registered as missing or stolen,” Mr Sun says. “If people have recorded an item’s serial number we can trace it from the system and contact them to return it. “Either they have lost it and didn’t report it, or don’t know its serial number. It helps us if members of the public register the serial numbers of their electronic property at the snap. org.nz website.” Amongst the property recovered is a valuable 51-inch Samsung-branded plasma TV. The tracking bar code has been ripped off the side of its box, so police are unable to work out where it came from. “It could have been stolen from a shop, but we can’t trace it back to its owner,” says Mr Sun. “The tools we found may have been taken from a building site or from inside a tradesman’s vehicle.” Among the brands of items found by police are Fusion, Pioneer, Sam- sung, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Asus and Olympus. The tools recovered include a polishing buff, hammer and electric drills, a hydraulic jack, jigsaw cutting tool, socket sets, an electrician’s volt- meter and an air compressor. Police are yet to speak with the woman who leases the storage con- tainer in which the property was found. People with information on the allegedly stolen property, or know who owns any of the recovered items, can phone detective Sunny Sun on 250-3015, or the Crimestoppers free and anonymous tip-off line on 0800- 555-111. Cops uncover stash Constable Craig Carr with property police found inside a storage container and now want to return to its owners. Times photo Wayne Martin CHILDREN'S BOOKS Next title in series to launch By Natalie Tan TWO years on from self-publishing his rst book, writer Gavin Gosney is set to launch his second title in the Sammy Two Shoes series at Howick's All Saints Community Centre this Sunday. Entitled, Sammy Two Shoes and Billy Bellbird, the children's book takes on a slightly di erent direction from its predecessor, Sammy Two Shoes and the Bumble Bee, published in 2010. "Being a bird native to New Zealand, the bellbird was a natural choice and the name had a good ring to it," says Gavin. "It also has a good colour and is one of the better known songbirds." He says people can expect the new book to be more musical than the rst with dawn choruses from the songbird. The father-of-two, who runs a car cleaning business, says sales from the rst book are steady and he'd like to thank the community as well as local companies for their nancial and moral support. "Cadenza Jewellery, Classy Crafts and Wally Rice have been instrumental and contributed to getting this book going in a big way." Musician Uncle D, who is known for the song True Kiwi Way, will be at the launch to perform a song about Sammy Two Shoes and the new book and t-shirts will be on sale. The books will also be available at the weekly Classy Crafts market on Saturday mornings in the All Saints Community Centre. The event begins at 3pm on November 11 and entry is free. For enquiries, phone Ruth Hammond on 535-7513, or email ruth_hammond@ xtra.co.nz. "We were really surprised, as normally people wouldn't keep so much stuff in storage." -- Police detective Sunny Sun Sammy Two Shoes and Billy Bellbird on the cover of the second instalment in the Sammy Two Shoes series, illustrated by Susanna Palomaki.
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