Law & Order

Hawke's Bay police investigating Bay View robbery


Police are looking for three people who robbed the Bay View 4 Square at 6:50pm on Sunday.

Two males entered the store just prior to closing time. They were armed with weapons, one of which was a cricket bat that was used to threaten the victim.

Both males concealed their appearances using clothing and bandanas.

The males demanded money and took several hundred dollars from the store till before running to a waiting vehicle driven by a third male.

The males are described as being male Mäori in their mid-twenties.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen three people acting suspiciously around the Bay View area between 6.00pm-7:00pm on Sunday. Appeals are also being made for sightings of the vehicle used in the robbery, a white older styled saloon that has been driven from Hill Road towards Napier after the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Detective Anna Morrison at HB Police on 06 8310700 or information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Three people hurt in Hawke's Bay crash


Police are currently at the scene of a crash on the HB Expressway where a car has rolled and three people were injured.

The crash occurred on the highway between Omahu Rd and Longlands Rd at 4.55pm. Police say it appears a Nissan Primera has rolled and landed in a roadside ditch.

Three people – an adult, a teenager and a two-year-old child - were in the car. They are currently being treated at the scene by ambulance staff.

The highway has been closed from Omahu Rd to Longlands Rd and traffic is being diverted at those two roundabouts.

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stolen Holden

Police are looking for this bright red 2014 Holden SSV that was taken from a Napier car yard yesterday.

The car registration is HQR490 and it is valued at $70,000. It has tinted windows, black 20-inch wheels, a loud modified exhaust and a small black rear spoiler. It has also been lowered.

Police say the car is distinctive and will stand out in traffic.

Anyone with information about the car should contact Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard on 06 8310700 or information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.


17 Charity boxes stolen around Hawke's Bay

FB cancer box theft

Police are warning premises who hold counter charity boxes to be extra vigilant after a spate of box thefts around Hawke’s Bay recently.

So far there have been 17 reported thefts of charity boxes from businesses, shops and offices around the district since December. The thefts are continuing as police deal with the complaints as they are reported almost daily.

Police want to speak to this man (pictured) in relation to the thefts. The photo is related to the theft of a charity box from Mobil Havelock North service station in December.

The stolen boxes were taking donations for various charities, ranging from the Cancer Society and the Salvation Army to the SPCA. It is not known how much money has been taken in total.

Sergeant Marie Marshall says businesses and shops should be on the lookout for anyone hanging around or acting suspiciously near counters or areas where charity boxes are placed.

“These appear to have become a major target for the thief or thieves concerned and we are urging anyone who has a charity box to make sure it is placed in such a way it would be difficult to steal. Some may be able to be attached to a counter.

“Likewise, we would ask all local charities to empty their boxes regularly so large amounts of money do not build up and become attractive to thieves,” Ms Marshall said.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who recognises the person in the photo or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around a business counter in recent weeks.

Ms Marshall said the thefts were reprehensible.

“It’s pretty low to steal from a charity and we know there is a lot of community outrage and disgust about these thefts. Hopefully someone will be able to help us find who is responsible.”

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