Northern Outlook : October 3rd 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 NOR TH CANTER BUR Y'S BEST READ COMMUNIT Y NEWSPAPER Page 35 Primary school rugby CLOSE CALL: Karina Briggs of Woodend with her international homestay student Merilin Teppo of Estonia. Mrs Briggs walked in on an intruder in her home on Monday morning. Ms Teppo was in her bedroom upstairs during the ordeal. Unlocked property invaded By CATE BROUGHTON We really need to tell people to lock their doors because we have always thought Woodend was a safe little place. But nowhere is safe any more. Karina Briggs A WOODEND resident is warning others in the town to keep their doors locked after walking in on an intruder in the early hours of Monday morning. Karina Briggs has lived in Par- sonage Rd for 13 years and never had any unwanted visitors -- until Monday. We really need to tell people to lock their doors because we have always thought Woodend was a safe little place. But nowhere is safe any more.'' She had left the house unlocked to go to Rangiora with her son and an international student to get McDonald's about 1.30am. Her husband was asleep in a downstairs bedroom, and another international student was in a bedroom upstairs. When they returned to the house about 20 to 30 minutes later, they found the back door open and saw a man run to the bathroom. He hurled himself out of the window above the toilet. Mrs Briggs' husband woke up to the yelling and commotion, as the two young men confronted the intruder. Mr Briggs got hold of the man, described by police as 1.75 metres (5 feet, 9 inches) tall, wearing black clothing and of moderate build, and smashed him against the fence''. He kept saying he had been trying to catch someone else he had seen in the house,'' Mrs Briggs said. The intruder managed to get away and ran off. Merilin Teppo, the inter- national student from Estonia who had been in her bedroom upstairs, missed the drama. I heard all the yelling, but I thought they were having an argument or something so I decided not to come down.'' No property was stolen during the incident. It was good because no-one was hurt and nothing was taken,'' Mrs Briggs said. She will lock the doors and acti- vate alarms from now on. Police are investigating.
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