22 stolen sheep were found crammed into a van early this morning and two Gisborne youths aged 16 and 17 have been charged with theft.
Police released a statement outlining the details of the odd crime today, saying the sheep were found in the Mitsubishi van after it was seen driving suspiciously around 2am and was later tracked to Rimu St.
Senior Sergeant Maui Aben says, despite the 22 sheep being “packed in like sardines”, they seemed in good health and did not appear distressed. They were taken into the care of the Gisborne District Council’s animal control unit.
The police say the ear tags of the sheep are being investigated to try and determine where they were stolen from.
According to Mr Aben, “Rustling is a major problem for rural areas not just in the Tairāwhiti area, but all across the country. It impacts heavily on our local communities and stock losses place a heavy financial burden on our farmers. This activity will not be tolerated and police will be coming down hard on anyone who steals stock,”
(Image attached sourced from the New Zealand Police)