Sightings of a van used by the alleged offenders in an
attempted abduction at Cromwell last week are helping police
''build up a picture'' of the crime.
Cromwell police head Sergeant Simon Paget said police were
relying on information from the public and had received
several calls about the van. Central Otago CIB staff are
working on the investigation, he said. The 12-year-old girl
fought back and managed to break free after a man allegedly
grabbed her off her bike in Blyth St on Friday afternoon,
while she was cycling home.
A van containing two men had followed her before one of them
attempted to abduct her, Sgt Paget said. The van then drove
''How brave she was, to break free and get herself back home
to safety,'' he said.
''It was broad daylight when it happened, so hopefully
someone will come forward who might have witnessed the
As soon as it was reported, police searched for the van
around the town, and covered exit and entry routes but were
unable to locate the vehicle. However, they had received
reports of several sightings of a van with two occupants,
which matched the girl's description.
''All this helps us build up a picture, so we'd welcome any
Sgt Paget reminded the public to report any suspicious
activity to police immediately by phoning 111.
• Police have concluded their investigation into a 7-year-old
Alexandra boy being offered a ride home by a stranger on
Friday afternoon and have not made any arrests, Detective
Sergeant Derek Shaw said yesterday.
''We are satisfied the boy was not in any danger,'' he said.