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A wanted man believed to be armed and high on methamphetamine is on the loose in Waikato, police say.

Steven Robert Nichol, 31, should not be approached, police said.

Armed offender 'high' and on the loose  (Source: Supplied)

 Steven Robert Nichol

A number of arrest warrants have been issued for Nichol in relation to burglary charges. Police are appealing for the Otorohanga man to hand himself in.

“Those warrants relate to the burglary of a Maihihi farm last Tuesday and the theft of a Holden Rodeo 4×4 utility from that property,” said Western Waikato Area Commander, Inspector Paul Carpenter.

Police also believe Nichol is in possession of a firearm.

Carpenter said Nichol is a known methamphetamine user and manufacturer. Police information also suggests he has recently increased his drug usage.

“Quantities of chemicals, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia have been located at properties linked to Nichol during the course of our search for him and we believe he is well aware of our interest in locating him,” he said.

“Nichol has good knowledge of the farming area between Te Awamutu and Rotorua and may be using back roads as he seeks to actively avoid us.

“Our biggest concern is that he or someone else may be hurt as he seeks to avoid authorities and we would ask that he considers handing himself in or at least contact police.”

Carpenter said because of threats made by Nichol and the fact that he is armed, anyone who recognises him should not approach him but instead ring 111 immediately.

Nichol is described as a male Caucasian of medium to solid build, about 196cm tall with blue eyes, and short light-brown or blonde hair.

The stolen vehicle he is believed travelling in is a 2007 Holden Rodeo 4×4 well-side utility, registration number ECT274. It is coloured black with tinted windows and no canopy and has a chrome nudge bar at the front.

Anyone who knows of Nichol’s whereabouts, or who sees the stolen Holden Rodeo, is asked to contact Detective Wayne Cooper of the Te Kuiti CIB on 07 858 6200.



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