A man sleeping in a caravan in Petone overnight got a rude awakening earlier this morning, when he realised he was on the move.

Police were contacted by the man just after midnight, who told them that the caravan was being stolen, with him inside.

This then gave Police the inside word on the caravan’s exact movements, as the man was able to update Police on exactly where he was going.

The ute towing the caravan drove from Petone, over the Wainuiomata hill, where it was finally stopped by Police.

The driver of the ute was unaware anyone was in the caravan until being met by a Police unit in Wainuiomata.

The man inside the caravan was unharmed.

A pump action BB gun and rounds of ammunition were found in the ute.

A 36-year-old Lower Hutt man was arrested and due in the Hutt Valley District Court this morning, charged with theft, possession of ammunition, and burglary (in relation to a previous offence).


Issued by the Police Media Centre

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