Tuesday, 17 March 2009 - 1:04pm |
National News

Person of interest in theft from tourists

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Tour group theft release 2

Hamilton Police investigating the theft of several thousand dollars worth of property and foreign currency from a group of overseas tourists yesterday have identified a Whangarei man they wish to speak to.

Acting Hamilton Tactical Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Mark Greene, said some good work done by responding staff meant investigators had been able to identify one person who may be able to help them with their inquiries within two hours of the theft.

"We're currently seeking to speak to Zion Hamuera HOLTZ, 17, of Whangarei.

"We would like anyone knowing his whereabouts or Mr HOLTZ himself to get in contact with us," said Mr Greene.

Police are currently working with the Chinese Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to assist the six victims who are due to return home tomorrow.

Mr Greene said the group of six tourists had been on a 19-seater bus that pulled into the car park of the Hamilton Gardens about 9.30am.

Leaving with the driver to enjoy a tour of the gardens the group returned to find the bus door had been forced open and their possessions stolen.

"There were several large denominations of foreign currency taken and we're working with banks and other organisations to see if we can identify anyone trying to change this money for New Zealand dollars," said Mr Greene.

Among the currencies stolen were Australian and US dollars and large amounts of Chinese Renminbi.

Anyone with any information on the theft is asked to contact Mr Greene at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.