Alien nabbed to or­der

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

Black AN ALIEN ab­duc­tion has One­hunga po­lice baf­fled.

The 1.8 me­tre statue of an alien war­rior from the film Preda­tor has been stolen from a car wreckers in One­hunga.

“We’re gut­ted to see it gone,” says Ac­tive 4X4 parts man­ager Phil Con­lan.

The statue was made of old car and bike parts and stood in the foyer of the wreckers show­room for three years un­til it was stolen last Tues­day night.

The piece weighs sev­eral hun­dred kilo­grams and left scratches in the show­room floor as it was dragged out.

The marks were Mr Con­lan’s first clue some­thing was wrong on Wed­nes­day morn­ing when he came into brought the statue back from work. Thai­land three years ago.

“I think it was pinched Since then, hun­dreds of to or­der. They walked past cus­tomers have taken pho­tos thou­sands of dol­lars worth of of them­selves and their fam­istuff,” he says. lies with it.

The alien-snatch­ers man“I don’t think there’s anaged to en­ter the build­ing other one like it in the coun­with­out break­ing any win­try,” Mr Black says. dows or locks, and avoided The thieves also took a set­ting off the alarm. DVD player that doesn’t

Mr Con­lan says the build­work, a car cover and some ing was un­dam­aged af­ter the stereo speak­ers, but didn’t mys­te­ri­ous break-in. touch the mo­tor­bikes and

“They may have come in other ve­hi­cles in the build­dis­guised as cus­tomers and ing. hid­den out the back un­til we One­hunga po­lice se­nior closed. sergeant Hirone Ware­tini

“We are still mys­ti­fied why says the theft is highly un­uthe alarm didn’t go off. It desual. tects heat and move­ment.” “It’s a unique com­mod­ity

The bur­glars also se­cured which would be dif­fi­cult to the build­ing be­hind them con­ceal and even harder to when they left. sell.

“They came and got what “It doesn’t seem like your they wanted and took a bit of av­er­age bur­glary. The of­fend­cash and put the roller door ers took the time and care to down again.” en­ter the premises and tar-

Owner War­ren get that item.”

Alien war­rior: The replica statue of a crea­ture from the film Preda­tor.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Un­usual theft: Ac­tive 4X4 parts man­ager Phil Con­lan found scratches on the floor where thieves dragged out the heavy Preda­tor statue.

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