News from NZ Police
The stolen Commodore SV6 that was used during the three armed robberies in the city on Sunday was found, partially burnt out, in Hillstan Place in Onehunga this morning.
The vehicle will be forensically examined and police are asking for any sightings of it in the Onehunga, Mangere or Hillsborough suburbs over the past 24 hours.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard says it’s also important that Police hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle, registration GPH784, being set alight this morning before the Fire Service was called to extinguish the blaze.
“Whoever dumped and burnt the car had to have been assisted to get out of the area, so we’re keen to hear from anyone who saw this car travelling in tandem with any other vehicle and people.”
News from NZ Police – February 18
At least five shots were fired during three armed robberies in Auckland yesterday between 4pm and 5pm. Police are urging anyone with footage or photos of any incident where a male Maori or Polynesian aged anywhere between his late 20s and 40 and who was driving a 2012 royal blue-coloured Commodore SV6, registration GPH784, in the Domain and on Mt Eden to contact Auckland City CIB.
The shots were fired into the ground during one of the robberies at Mt Eden Summit. Police want to hear from anyone who knows who the offender might be.
Police inquiries have since determined the car he was driving was stolen from a rental company lock-up compound near the airport late on February 6, but was only reported stolen to Police today.
It’s likely, assuming the same man has been in possession of the vehicle for the past 12 days, he would have had to refuel somewhere and park the car in the meantime.
Members of the public are urged not to approach anyone who is driving this vehicle but to report any sightings of it to Police immediately by calling 111.
Police have recovered casings from five discharged .22 calibre bullets, all of which were fired into the ground at the summit of Mt Eden when the last two of the man’s victims challenged and chased him after a bag was taken from them.
Police are aware of at least four victims who were confronted by the offender who managed to steal money, a cell phone and a bag containing several personal and valuable items from them, including a Taiwanese passport.
Anyone else who was confronted by the man but who hasn’t reported the incident to Police should do so as soon as possible.
News from NZ Police – February 17
Two armed robberies were carried out in Auckland between 4.30 and 5 this afternoon. The first robbery was at the Auckland Domain Wintergardens. The second robbery occurred at the Mt Eden summit.
The offender decamped on a bright blue 2012 Holden Commodore registration GPH784.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or may have photographic footage of these incidents to contact Auckland Central police CIB Det Sgt Tim Travis on (09) 3026400