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The Star: June 01, 2017

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10 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News Thursday June 1 2017 Thou shall not steal • By Andrew King PEOPLE ATTENDING church during the evening have been coming out to find their cars broken into, with one parishioner losing $5000. Cars parked at St Teresa of Lisieux Parish on Puriri St, Riccarton, and Our Lady of Victories Parish on Main South Rd, Sockburn, have been targeted on Saturday and Sunday nights in recent weeks while the owners attended mass. St Teresa priest Father Antoine Thomas said little things like passports and bags had been taken from cars. A woman returned to her car a few months ago to find it had been broken into and $5000 missing. Father Antoine said he did not know why the woman had $5000 in her vehicle. “There must be a really wellorganised gang getting around. We have installed more lighting, spoken with community watch and asked for volunteers to patrol the car park,” he said. Sixty-four cars were broken into last week in the Riccarton, Upper Riccarton and Sockburn areas. Two cars were stolen and another four attempts had been made to steal other cars after the owners discovered the ignition barrels had been forced, police said. Majority of the cars were targeted on Centennial Ave, Rattray St, Matipo St, Mandeville St and Brockworth Pl, with 20 broken into on Saturday night alone.​ It comes after about 12 vehicles were broken into around the Three Elements Chinese Restaurant and the New Zealand Institute of Sport’s Christchurch campus car park on Wharenui Rd, Upper Riccarton, a week UPSET: Father Antoine Thomas of St Teresa of Lisieux, Riccarton, is disappointed that cars are being stolen from the car park. earlier. Said Senior Sergeant Pete Stills: “These thefts are a pain in the proverbial to the owners as there is very little taken normally, but the clean-up cost is often timeconsuming and costly.’’ •Anyone with information about the thefts can phone 363 7400. Alternatively, information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. • By Gabrielle Stuart POLICE WILL not say if they plan to charge a pensioner over the crash near Sumner which tragically killed his wife, 73-year-old Maureen Imrie. Bruce Imrie was driving home with his wife in the afternoon on March 25 when he crashed. Witnesses saw the car drive straight off the road, crashing through a barrier and down a bank into the sea. They were able to pull Mr Imrie out of the car, but the car was swept away to sea by an undertow before they were able to rescue Mrs Imrie. A police spokeswoman said the investigation into the crash was still ongoing. She would not say if police were considering laying charges. It comes as West Coast man Michael Saunders is facing charges over the death of his two-year-old daughter, Emily, The Star Tickets on sale NOW! Pensioner waits to hear if he will be charged who was swept from the sport utility vehicle he was driving across a flooded river, and the death of Barry Petrie, 66, who died while trying to save her. Last year Christchurch man Tula Ram Chhetri was charged and convicted of dangerous driving causing death over the crash which killed his wife, Mon Chhetri, and baby son, Aaron Chhetri. He had been driving the family home to Christchurch, and pulled out in front of another car at an intersection. Mr Imrie said he was not worried by the investigation, but just hoped it would be completed soon. He said he had told police all he could, but said he had “blanked out” before the crash. He was still struggling with the loss of his wife of 55 years, but was being supported by his family, he said. QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND SATURDAY 3, SUNDAY 4 & MONDAY 5 JUNE 2017 OPEN 10AM–5PM FREE CANDY STAND SATURDAY 3 JUNE 11AM-3PM HORNBY 409 Main South Road | OVER 50 STORES

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