As stated by Inspector Stuart Nightingale, Eastern Bay of Plenty Area Commander:
A 31-year-old man is in custody following a series of incidents yesterday in Whakatāne, Bay of Plenty. He has been charged with a number of serious offences and appeared in the Whakatāne District Court today, where he was remanded in custody until 24 February 2021.
Police responded to a complaint from a member of the public concerning the man and his manner of driving in the Hillcrest area of Whakatāne at about 2.00pm on Tuesday afternoon.
A series of incidents followed in the Whakatāne CBD, during which time several vehicles are believed to have been stolen or damaged.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Quay Street, Whakatāne Aquatic Centre and recreation ground, Victoria Avenue, Pak N Save car park or the Whakatāne CBD areas yesterday afternoon.