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Teen Burglars Caught with Heaps of Candy in Tuakau

Stolen goods laid out on the bonnet of a patrol car. Photo credit: New Zealand Police

Police have sweetened the deal by nabbing a trio of burglars who couldn't resist the temptation of a Tuakau store's lolly jar.

In a sugary twist, authorities released an image of the stolen treats laid out on the bonnet of a patrol car. The loot included more than 20 chocolate bars, over a dozen ice creams, two bags of lollies, and a soft drink.

Counties Manukau South Area Commander, Inspector Joe Hunter, recounted the night's events, stating that police responded to the break-in at the George Street store around 2 am.

The Police Eagle Helicopter swooped in to observe the sweet-toothed suspects as they made their getaway. Thanks to vigilant community members who reported the store's alarm, police were able to track down the burglars without any trouble.

Insp Hunter expressed gratitude to the community, noting, "This allowed us to respond to this event with our best chance of locating those persons involved."

The three culprits, aged between 14 and 16, have been handed over to Youth Aid in connection with the incident.

The stolen goods have all been safely returned to the business, ensuring that justice is as sweet as candy.



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