Ex­plicit, lewd notes lead to ar­rest

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

A man has been caught leav­ing dis­turb­ing notes on the cars of fe­male staff mem­bers at an Auck­land pool.

Po­lice charged a 67-year-old man af­ter he was caught leav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate hand­writ­ten mes­sages on wind­screens at Cameron Pools in Mt Roskill.

Sergeant Nick Poore says the note-writer’s ac­tions were first re­ported in June.

‘‘Very lewd, ex­plicit notes were left on a staff mem­ber’s ve­hi­cle,’’ he says.

‘‘This was fol­lowed with a pat­tern of sim­i­lar notes be­ing left on var­i­ous staff mem­bers’ and mem­bers of the public’s ve­hi­cles.’’

The note-writer was tar­get­ing young women be­tween the ages of 17 and 25, Poore says.

Po­lice worked closely with YMCA staff to iden­tify the of­fender. ‘‘They were very sup­port­ive,’’ Poore says.

He says the cen­tre’s man­age­ment in­stalled a covert cam­era to mon­i­tor the car park.

They were able to nar­row the of­fender’s move­ments to be­tween 6am and 7.30am dur­ing the week­days.

Poore says an of­fi­cer was mon­i­tor­ing the car park on Oc­to­ber 20 when the note-writer struck.

The 67-year-old man was ar­rested at the scene and charged with do­ing an in­de­cent act.

Poore says the pool staff were re­lieved the man had been caught.

The 67-year-old man was charged with do­ing an in­de­cent act.

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