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Witnesses To Street Robbery Sought

Witnesses To Street Robbery Sought


Kaitaia Police are appealing for information about a street robbery that took place in Kaitaia on Sunday (November 25) evening.

About 6.30pm a 14-year-old Kaitaia girl was walking along Commerce Street when she was approached by an older woman and a male associate who was riding a pushbike.

The woman approached the victim and grabbed a distinctive 'Monster' snapback cap from her head. The hat had been purchased, from out of the area, the day before and Police say it is highly likely to be the only one of its kind in the Kaitaia area.

The 'Monster' labeled hat is described as black with a large bright green fluorescent 'M' on the front of the cap. It also had numerous multicolored 'M's around the hat, including the underside of the peak and around the brim of the cap.


When she asked for her hat back the victim was allegedly assaulted by the man and woman. They took more personal items from the girl and then fled the scene. The victim was admitted to Kaitaia Hospital with a suspected broken arm and minor bruising about the head and face.

Detective Sergeant Beatson of the Kaitaia CIU says Police are very concerned about the attack, are treating the matter seriously and want to find the people responsible.

Mr Beatson is asking any witnesses to the attack to come forward.
"We understand some passers-by stopped to see if the victim was ok during or immediately following the incident. However, because the victim was upset and disorientated members of the public were unable to provide her with assistance. We want to speak to these people, and any other witnesses who saw the incident unfold”.

Mr Beatson says the hat that was stolen was distinctive and Police would also like to hear from members of the public who believe they have seen it.

"It was shiny and brand new. A friend, family member, or neighbour has most likely seen the pair (offenders) with the hat, so we also want to hear from these people”

Anyone with information on the assault and robbery can contact the Kaitaia Police on 09 408 6500 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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