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Police updates – Hibiscus Coast and Mellons Bay robberies, Takapau crash

Crime news for 21 April 2023.

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 21 April 2023.

Two youths arrested in relation to aggravated robbery

Police have put two people before the Court in relation to an incident in Waitematā North this week.

Around 3.35pm on Thursday 20 April, Police responded to reports of a robbery at the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station.

It is alleged the two males have approached two male victims and presented a weapon as a threat to handover their personal belongings.

Police arrived to the scene quickly and with the assistance of our Joint Traffic Operation Centre and CCTV in the area located both of the alleged offenders a short distance away before taking them into custody.

Some of the victim’s personal belongings, including both pairs of the victim’s shoes, were located nearby and returned.

Police are working to recover some other items to reunite them with the victims.

Waitematā North Area Prevention Manager Senior Sergeant Roger Small says he hopes this quick apprehension brings some reassurance to the community.

”Police are aware of concerns in our area regarding this incident and we are pleased to advise of these arrests.

“We understand these types of incidents are incredibly distressing and Police have no tolerance for this type of behaviour.”

Two males, aged 14 and 16, are due to appear in the North Shore Youth Court on Wednesday 26 April.

Senior Sergeant Small says Police are aware of reports from our Waitematā North community around groups of youth congregating in town centres and around public transport hubs.

“As part of this, Police have been patrolling in the area so that we can engage with the community, however this isn’t something we can solve on our own.

“Police rely on our communities to be our eyes and ears and we encourage anyone who is aware of potential issues or offending, to report it to Police so we can identify those involved and take the appropriate action.

“If an incident is happening now, please call Police on 111.”

Fatal crash, State Highway 2, Takapau

Police can confirm one person has died following a crash on State Highway 2 near Takapau early this morning.

It appears a single vehicle collided with a power pole at about 12.10am.

Sadly, the sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are underway.

Police arrest two men following Mellons Bay burglary

Police took swift action, making arrests following a residential burglary in Mellons Bay on Thursday afternoon.

The burglary occurred on Marine Parade just before 3pm. The homeowner had arrived home, disturbing the offenders who fled in a vehicle.

Inspector Rakana Cook, Acting Area Commander for Counties Manukau East, says Police responded to the area and located the vehicle of interest in the Sommerville area.

“A unit stopped the vehicle on Somerville Road but it fled from Police. It was not pursued, but was located abandoned outside Botany Town Centre.

“Our staff conducted enquiries around the shopping centre and located a man thanks to the assistance of mall security. He was then taken into custody.”

The 45-year-old man has been charged with burglary.

Inspector Cook says a 50-year-old man was also later taken into custody and faces charges of burglary and failing to stop.

Both men are expected in the Manukau District Court today.

“Police are also following up with the victim to ensure further support is available to them,” Inspector Cook says.

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