28 charges

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A man ac­cused of spend­ing thou­sands of dol­lars on stolen credit cards will reap­pear in the Auck­land District Court on July 8. The 26-year-old faces 28 charges with more likely to come, af­ter be­ing ar­rested last week, Auck­land City po­lice Sergeant Steven Clark says. The ar­rest fol­lows a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into hand­bag thefts from cars parked out­side child­care cen­tres. Mr Clark says one credit card taken was used within six min­utes of be­ing stolen. A lot were used around the CBD to buy jewellery, cell­phones, petrol and West­field vouch­ers. Mr Clark is re­mind­ing peo­ple not to leave valu­ables in their cars but says re­tail­ers should also be vig­i­lant. He says credit cards with names clearly not match­ing the gen­der or eth­nic­ity of the user should ring alarm bells. ‘‘If a per­son doesn’t have a pin num­ber, re­mem­ber to check their iden­tity,’’ he says.

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