Monday, 24 June 2013 - 11:34am |
National News

Police caution against complacency

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While this morning's arrest of 36 year-old William John Murphy near Puhoi is a significant development in the investigation into a series of home invasions and robberies of predominantly elderly victims, the Operation Lionel inquiry team is urging older citizens not to let their guard down when it comes to personal security.

Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus of Auckland City CIB says the investigation still has a long way to go and it's important people keep an open mind about the possibility others were involved in some of the incidents.

"We remain concerned about the safety of our elderly being targeted and are yet to determine the identity of the offender purporting to be a Police officer in various guises.

"We therefore urge communities to be cautious about cold-callers and to remain vigilant about personal security."

William Murphy will appear in the Auckland District Court either today or tomorrow and is likely to face a range of charges.

The Honda Prelude car stolen during last Monday's home invasion in Remuera was being driven by Murphy prior to his arrest this morning and comprises part of the scene examination taking place just north of the Northern Motorway toll tunnel.

Issued by Noreen Hegarty
Auckland City Police Communications Manager
Ph 09 302 6947 or 0274-951-589


Detective Inspector Malthus will host a media briefing at Auckland Central Police Station today at 3pm. Please assemble at the public counter on Cook St by 2.45pm.