Alleged offender caught in Auckland

A shoulder surfer who allegedly targeted elderly victims in the South has been arrested in Auckland.

Noel Karora (37) was arrested in Auckland on Monday, and charged with burglaries in Dunedin, Invercargill and Auckland.

He was also charged with the burglary of Arrowtown's New Orleans Hotel, after $4000 was stolen on Friday, August 22.

Police are still looking for Paul Tipene in relation to the incidents.

Police believe the pair offended throughout the South Island, including cases of ''shoulder surfing'', where one watched a person input their eftpos pin number.

The victim was later distracted, and one man would allegedly steal the eftpos card.

''Unfortunately, they are pretty good at what they do,'' Detective Sergeant Stu Harvey, of Invercargill CIB, told the Otago Daily Times earlier this year.

Victims included an 84-year-old man in Queenstown, Det Sgt Harvey said.

''They are deliberately targeting older people, because they are more vulnerable.''

Victims included Dunedin people aged in their 70s and an 83-year-old in Invercargill.

The total value of thefts linked to the pair was ''into the tens of thousands of dollars, easily'', he said.

• Anyone with information about Paul Tipene is asked to call 111, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

 

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