A brazen 16-year-old youth allegedly stole a truck from an
Auckland depot, and picked up two German hitchhikers during a
joyride to Whangarei.
Mainfreight managing director Don Braid the truck was stolen
yesterday afternoon from the firm's Otahuhu depot.
"It was opportunist. The truck was in our secure yard and the
individual walked down the road, [and] walked in. The driver
had left the keys in the vehicle when he went to the toilet
and the guy jumped in the truck and drove away in it," he
"It's pretty hard not to get noticed by the rest of the team
and one of our ladies had her husband coming back from
Whangarei and he spotted the truck on the way north."
The brazen thief reportedly picked up two female German
hitchhikers at a petrol station during his joyride north.
Two Linfox drivers also tailed the stolen 620 Scania, with
personalised number plate 'STUEEZ' as it made its way north.
The thief must have driven a truck before, as given the
complexity of truck's gearboxes, not just anyone could jump
in and drive away, Mr Braid said.
"Clearly he understood what was going on, so he's obliviously
driven a truck before."
Police later apprehended a teenager south of Whangarei and
the truck was later returned unscathed, Mr Braid said.
"We've got pretty strong security here as it is, but it's a
working transport facility and we're well off the road so I
don't know whether he had been staking us out or what, but
we'll certainly be reviewing that.
"I mean, the driver won't be leaving his keys in his truck
when he goes to relieve himself next time."
- Brendan Manning of APNZ