Elderly Tok’ driver ripped off
Stranger danger will be at the forefront of an elderly Tokoroa man’s mind next time someone asks him for a lift.
Owen Chivers, who is in his 80s, says he has been taken advantage of by two young woman who waved his car down amid pouring rain.
‘‘I was driving down Baird Rd when I saw these two girls, around 18 or 20 years old, on the footpath waving for me to stop,’’ he said.
‘‘The bigger one got in the front and the smaller one in the back and the bigger one said ‘‘can you take us to town, we are going shopping?’’. It was raining so out of the goodness of my heart I said all right.’’
Chivers said he soon became uncomfortable with their behaviour.
‘‘They wanted to go to Paper Plus to see about a driver’s license and unbeknown to me took the envelope I keep in my car with my Lotto tickets in,’’ he said.
‘‘I think she went to see if she could get any money because when she came back she said I didn’t win anything. I check them anyway so I don’t think I had but I said ‘‘what did you do that for? You had no right’’.
‘‘I swore at them and told them to get out of my car which they refused to do,’’ he said.
He said he didn’t feel he could go to the police as he feared the girls would claim he had harassed them.
‘‘They wouldn’t get out so I went over to New World and brought some stuff, around $30 worth, and when I came back I again asked them to get out and the bigger one said ‘‘we are not getting out’’.
‘‘She was bigger than me and if I had tried anything she could have thumped me. I asked her where she wanted to go and she said ‘‘I want to go home’’ so I took them and they got out.’’
‘‘I didn’t look at them again thinking that was the end of it but when I got home three of the six bags i’d brought were missing.’’
Chivers also noticed a scarf had been taken so he then approached the police.
Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson said it was not an isolated case. ‘‘We get a bit of this,’’ he said. ‘‘Don’t pick up strangers because they are strangers and they will rip you off, especially if you are elderly.’’ Burglaries Three burglaries took place. Following one of these a 29-yearold local woman was arrested for taking electronic items and she will be appearing in court next week. Drink driving There has been a rise in drink drivers with seven being processed last week.
These have mostly been locals, some of whom were under 20 where the legal limit is a blood alcohol concentration of zero.
All of these have resulted from people drinking at private addresses and failing to plan their evenings beforehand. If you are planning on drinking, before you head out organise a sober driver or alternative transport home. Robberies In light of recent robberies we have had there are a few things investigations have uncovered that shops can do to prevent these.
These guys tend to be acting suspicious around the stores so call as if you see anything. We would much prefer to be called to find out it is nothing than be called to another robbery.
Look out for people hanging around in the shadows, behind vehicles, and with coverings over their faces. If something does not look right trust your instinct.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson
‘‘She was bigger than me and if I had tried anything she could have thumped me.’’ Owen Chivers
Tokoroa’s Owen Chivers is warning people not to give lifts to strangers.