Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Child, 12, among suspects busted in stolen vehicle

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Police responded quickly when alerted to a stolen vehicle being driven through east Auckland. Times file photo

Police have arrested half-a-dozen people after being alerted to a stolen vehicle travelling through Highbrook in the early hours of this morning.

Those caught range in age from 12-19 years old.

At about 3.25am, police became aware of the stolen vehicle driving along Great South Road.

Acting Inspector Steve Albrey, relieving area prevention manager, says the police’s Eagle helicopter quickly spotted the vehicle while a patrol unit positioned themselves to stop it.

“The vehicle was successfully spiked on Great South Road, Papatoetoe, and dumped nearby on Weston Avenue.

“However the six occupants have got out of the vehicle and fled on foot in different directions.

“Eagle has assisted staff on the ground in locating all six, who were taken into custody without incident.”

Albrey says the arrests are a great example of various police teams working together.

“We know vehicle thefts are extremely concerning for our community.

“Police are committed to ensuring those responsible for crimes such as this will be held to account.”

Police remind the public to immediately report anything of concern to police by phoning 111.

A 19-year-old will appear in the Manukau District Court today, March 5, charged with unlawfully taking a vehicle.

Two 17-year-olds, a 15-year-old, 14-year-old and 12-year-old have been referred to Youth Aid Services.

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