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Woman arrested for kidnapping 87-year-old and stealing his money

News from NZ Police
One person has been arrested in relation to the kidnapping of an 87-year-old man in Hastings last month.

A 35-year-old woman is due to appear in Hastings District Court on Wednesday charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

On Saturday 28 July, the elderly man was approached in the Countdown car park, on the corner of Queen Street West and King Street North, by a number of offenders who forced him into the backseat of his own car. He was then driven to another Hastings suburb where a large sum of money was withdrawn from his account.

Police continue to make enquiries to locate anyone else involved in this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact their local Police station or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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News from NZ Police – August 3
Hawke’s Bay Police continue to appeal for information about the kidnapping and aggravated robbery of an 87-year-old man last Saturday.

A woman (above) used the 87-year-old’s bankcard at an ATM on Tomoana Road (Mahora shops) at about 4:00pm on Saturday.

She is described as Maori, in her 40s or possibly older, of solid build.

She was wearing a black hooded top, black shorts over light blue/grey jeans or leggings.

Her male associate is also described as Maori, thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, with short hair.

“We are aware that several people used the same ATM that afternoon and may have noticed this individual inserting the card several times, says Detective Sergeant Craig Vining.

“We would ask that these members of the public make contact with Police, as they may have information that will assist the investigation.”

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In addition, if you know the woman pictured and/or the younger male she was with, please contact Hastings Police directly on 06 831 0700 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“It has been heartening to see the public reaction to what happened and I know that the victim and his family very much appreciate the community’s response, says Detective Sergeant Vining. “We now just need a bit more assistance to ensure that these offenders are identified and held accountable.

“Given the use of the card it may be that the offenders are familiar with or frequent the Mahora area.”

News from NZ Police – July 29
An 87-year-old man is recuperating at home from injuries he received after being subjected to an aggravated robbery on Saturday afternoon at Countdown supermarket in Hastings.

Around 3:55pm he was approached in the Countdown car park, on the corner of Queen Street West and King Street North, by a number of offenders who forced him into the backseat of his car.

He was driven around Hastings where the offenders withdrew money from his account at several locations.

Police are looking for a man and a woman in relation to this incident. These people were reported to be driving what is described as a faded-black car when they initially approached the victim.

The woman is described as Maori, approximately 50-years-old with straight, black, shoulder-length hair. The male is described as a young man.

This was a brazen and cowardly attack on an elderly man. Police would like to speak to anyone who has information or may have seen the victim’s car being driven around Hastings between 3.55pm and 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon. If you have any information please call Detective Sarah Williams on 06 873 0561 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.