Give yourself up – family’s message to gang member who fled from electronic bail

News from NZ Police
A patched Rebels gang member who escaped from electronic bail is still on the run from Police and his family is urging him to give himself up.

Craig Wayne Matthews, aged 37, was last seen by a family member in Palmerston North a week ago, but failed to return home to Whanganui later that day.

Craig Matthews was arrested as part of Operation Stamp (Rebels motorcycle gang methamphetamine operation) in February last year and was to be arraigned on methamphetamine dealing and money laundering charges in the Palmerston North District Court last Friday morning, having previously accepted an 11 year sentence indication, but did not appear.

Central District Field Crime Supervisor Detective Inspector Chris Bensemann says Police have been speaking with members of Matthews family and associates in recent days, but have not located him as yet.

“His family have advised us that they hope Craig does the right thing and hands himself into Police as soon as possible. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Wednesday by the Palmerston North District Court for breaching bail conditions.”

He is described as New Zealand European, around 184 centimetres tall of medium to solid build with gang associates throughout the North Island and connections in Otaki, Foxton, Hamilton, Auckland, Whangarei and Kaitaia.

“Anyone with any information in relation to the whereabouts of Craig Matthews should phone their nearest Police station or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

News from NZ Police – September 26
A patched Rebels gang member has escaped from electronic bail. 37 year old Craig Wayne Matthews was last seen by a family member in Palmerston North on Friday morning but failed to return home to Whanganui later that day.

“Matthews was arrested as part of Operation Stamp (Rebels motorcycle gang methamphetamine operation) in February last year and was to be arraigned on methamphetamine dealing and money laundering charges in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday morning, having previously accepted an 11 year sentence indication, but did not appear,” says Central District Field Crime Supervisor Detective Inspector Chris Bensemann.

A warrant for Matthews’ arrest has been issued today by the Palmerston North District Court for breaching bail conditions.

Matthews is described as New Zealand European, around 184 centimetres tall of medium to solid build. He has gang associates throughout the North Island and connections in Otaki, Foxton, Hamilton, Auckland, Whangarei and Kaitaia. He should not be approached by members of the public.

Detective Inspector Bensemann says Police would like to hear from anyone with any information in relation to the current whereabouts of Craig Matthews. “Anyone with any information should phone their nearest Police station or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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