Thousands of dollars have been stolen from parking machines
in central Auckland, police say.
At least 40 pay and display machines have been badly damaged
in the thefts, costing an average $2000 each to repair.
The attacks have taken place on streets and in car parks in
the CBD and inner suburbs, including Parnell and Remuera.
"The machines are owned and operated by Auckland Transport
and, in terms of costs for repairs, the offending is taking a
toll on the pockets of Auckland ratepayers," Inspector Vaughn
(CORRECT) Graham said.
Mr Graham said police believe the thieves are well-organised
and could be posing as servicemen because some thefts
happened during the day.
"This may involve the use of a commercial-style vehicle to
assist in that ruse," he said.
"The people responsible will be trying to convert large
quantities of coins into cash. Someone will know more about
this offending and we are keen to have that information."
He asked members of the public to report all suspicious
activity in car parks and note down vehicle registration
numbers and descriptions of people.
"If it is safe to do so, consider filming or photographing
the activity with smart phones and report to police," Mr
Anyone with information about thefts from pay machines or
about large volumes of coins being converted to paper money
should contact Detective Sergeant Mark Franich on (09) 302
6949, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ