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P.A. HASTINGS, this day. Although the police have recovered about £400 in cash or kind out of the total of about £600 which was stolen from the whare of a Chinese at Haumoana on Friday night, it is feared thac the balance of about £200, which was in the lining of a money-belt, was thrown into the Tukituki River after the contents of the pockets of the belt had been rifled. It may not be recovered as it may have been carried out to sea.

The burglary was committed early on Friday evening when two Chinese market gardeners, Jack Sue and Loui Chong, were attending the pictures in Hastings. Before departing they securely locked up the whare, even going to the extent of barricading the window with wood and light steel bars. Upon their return they found that the premises had been ransacked and a money-belt containing about £600 was missing. Two war bonds, each for £1000, were overlooked by the intruders.

The police were summoned, and investigations were made. Subsequently two suspects, one a Maori and the other a European, were taken into custody late on Saturday afternoon.

The police were successful in recovering £320 of the missing money, together with a diamond ring valued at about £80, which had b.een bought in Napier that morning.

This morning the two men, William Manaena, a labourer, of Haumoana, and Owen Desmond Prue, a millhand, of Hamnoana, appeared before a justice of the peace in the Hastings Police Court, jointly charged with breaking and entering the dwellinghouse of Jack Sue and committing theft.

On the application of the police they were remanded until next Monday.

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CHINESE LOSS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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CHINESE LOSS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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