Three arrests as firearm, stolen car recovered in Auckland

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Three people were arrested after police recovered a firearm and a stolen vehicle in Auckland early this morning — after making one mistake in attempting to cover their offending.

Their downfall began when the sedan was noticed travelling along Karangahape Rd at about 2.40am.

“The vehicle was displaying mismatched plates, which caught our police camera operator’s keen eye and they have continued to monitor this vehicle’s movements,” Inspector Wayne Kitcher said.

“While this was happening, the Police Eagle helicopter deployed to the area and took over monitoring the vehicle.”

The car was driven to Sandringham, where the driver stopped near Cambourne Rd.

“Units on the ground attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled, and Eagle kept watch until it came to a stop on Arabi St,” Kitcher said.

Two people fled on foot. A 26-year-old was tracked down by a dog handler before getting “too far”, while a 35-year old ran through “a number of properties” before climbing onto a roof on Oxton Rd. He was “soon” brought down.

Both people were taken into custody – alongside the driver, a 39-year-old woman.

“A police dog handler has also located a firearm near where the vehicle stopped on Arabi St,” Kitcher said.

“Charges are currently being considered for all three people arrested this morning, including regarding the firearm recovered.”

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