A brazen Whangarei thief made off with valuable camera gear,
a laptop computer and cash while the homeowner was making tea
But what the thief did not bank on was a sophisticated
security system catching his every criminal move on camera.
Now Raumanga homeowner Dave McCluggage is releasing a
security camera picture in the hope the thief will be
identified and he can get his precious and expensive camera
"I was in the process of backing up all my data and I thought
I would just go upstairs and put tea on. When I got back all
the gear was gone," Mr McCluggage said. It was about 6.30pm
when the male went into the downstairs office and began his
The thief also took $700 in cash from a small electronic
safe, which Mr McCluggage had raised for his Whangarei South
Rotary club from selling firewood.
"I'd been selling firewood for about four months, now it's
all gone," he said.
The theft, which occurred late last month, has hit Mr
McCluggage hard as he is a passionate photographer and over
the past decade has taken and stored thousands of
He has since had to opt out of being the official
photographer at some community events as he has no suitable
"I was in the house, I was moving around upstairs."
Mr McCluggage had been to police but decided to release a
picture to the Northern Advocate in the hope someone would be
able to identify the thief.
Spare camera batteries, leads and memory sticks with
photographs on them were also taken.
- By Kristin Edge of the Northern Advocate