If you missed it, a Christchurch business owner and some tradies tackled a thief to the ground after he allegedly stole motorcycle parts, he had an armload of stuff, they chased him, got him on the ground, held him down while they called Police.
The guy was putting up a fight and was yelling apparently that if they called the cops he’d ‘go back to prison’.
Some pause for thought there as to whether getting sent back to prison might be your motivator to not rob people in the first place, but that’s another story.
So these guys call the cops, the Police ask if the offender has any weapons on him, when they say, not that they can see, the Police tell them to let him go.
Let him go.
An offender, caught red handed, in possession of stolen goods, let him go. They do, he runs off down the street, free as a bird.
Now the Police here make a not invalid point- they can’t attend every callout, they can’t prioritize a guy stealing motorcycle parts when they have arguably more serious offences to attend like where people’s lives or safety’s at risk.
The Police claimed they had several high priority family harm events to attend at that time. And I don’t doubt that.
The sad reality is that they have to prioritise the crimes they attend, because there are not enough of them to attend everything.
That’s not their fault, but it doesn’t endear the Police to business owners trying to get by, these guys were aggrieved there was no follow up from the cops, other than being told to file a report online - and Police didn’t contact the business owner to even do that until after the Herald had chased them up on the story.
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