12 year olds linked to Waikato burglary on-sell stolen property via Facebook

By Rewi Heke

Waikato Police are investigating a group of 12 year olds after the burglary of a Hamilton home.

Police say the children had committed the burglary and then tried on-selling the stolen property via Facebook.  

According to Hamilton City Area Commander, Inspector Hywel Jones, “Our staff discovered that a group of 12-year-olds had carried out the burglary and, thanks to a member of the public drawing it to our attention, electronics stolen from the home were being sold on a Facebook page.”

Mr Jones said Police are pleased about the intervention by the parents who returned the stolen goods and there are a number of lessons to come out of the incident that other parents and caregivers could benefit from.