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Police updates – Napier dirt bikes seized, Auckland robberies

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 15 September 2023.

Missing man located deceased

A man reported missing in East Auckland yesterday morning has been located deceased.

He was found by search teams in Bucklands Beach yesterday.

‘Police extend our sympathies to his family and loved ones at this difficult time.’

The matter will be referred to the Coroner.

Revving-up enforcement – Dirt bikes seized in Napier

Hawke’s Bay Police have seized two dirt bikes following a search warrant at a Napier address yesterday (14 September).

Police updates 15 September 2023 news
Dirt bikes seized in Napier. PHOTO SUPPLIED.

An investigation was launched after police received multiple calls of two people allegedly riding erratically along Marine Parade in the reserve area towards the Port of Napier on Monday 4 September.

This prompted members of the community to report their concerns to police.

The address in Napier was identified as a property of interest and the bikes located at the address have been impounded.

Enquiries remain ongoing to identify those involved.

‘Police would like to thank the members of the community who called Police at the time and responded to appeals for footage of the alleged incident,’ said Acting Senior Sergeant Matty Wilkin in a statement.

‘This assists Police in holding the individuals involved accountable for their actions.

‘We hope that the message gets through to other dirt bike riders failing to ride responsibly that Police will take enforcement action.

‘Police are committed to ensuring we keep our communities safe from this dangerous behaviour.

If you witness this type of offending, please call 111 immediately and if it is safe to do so take photographs of the bikes and riders.

Investigations underway following aggravated robberies in city

Police investigations are underway following three aggravated robberies across Auckland City in the past 48 hours.

At around 12.57am, Police were called to a bar on Great North Road, Point Chevalier after multiple offenders, armed with hammers and a firearm, entered the premises.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ash Matthews, Auckland City CIB says there were a number of staff and patrons inside when the offenders entered.

“One person has fired a shot inside the premises, which has struck a TV on a wall behind the bar.

“The offenders have taken money from the tills and gaming machines before fleeing,” he says.

“It’s incredibly lucky no was physically injured during this incident.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Matthews says Police believe the same group of offenders are responsible for an aggravated robbery at a commercial property in Mount Albert on Wednesday night.

He says four masked offenders armed with weapons, including a firearm, entered the building on New North Road just before midnight and stole the contents of the cash register before leaving.

“A staff member inside the premises was uninjured but understandably shaken by the incident. He has been provided with support by Police.

“We believe these two incidents are linked and are following positive lines of enquiry.”

Police are also investigating a separate aggravated robbery at a commercial premises in Mount Albert at around 2.20am this morning.

“Up to seven offenders armed with hammers have entered the building on New North Road, which at the time had a staff member and four customers inside.

“Two offenders have threatened the victims inside the store while the other offenders have taken a number of items before fleeing.

“The victims have been left shaken by the incident, but otherwise uninjured.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Matthews says the group of offenders left in a stolen vehicle which Police recovered a short distance away on Holbrook Street, Blockhouse Bay.

The vehicle will now undergone a forensic examination.

“This type of violent behaviour is unacceptable. We are now working hard to identify and locate those involved so we can hold them accountable.

“While we want to remind people never to put themselves in harm’s way, we always encourage witnesses to come forward.”

Anyone who witnessed any of these incidents and who has not yet spoken with us is encouraged to do so.

You can get in touch by calling 105 or if you wish to give information anonymously, please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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