Western Leader : March 4th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz Friday, March 4, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.westernleader.co.nz Western Leader online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Safety recommendations: Detective Dean Miles is warning shoppers to take care after a man was threatened with a knife and his car, this distinctive lime green ute, stolen from the Foodtown Edmonton Rd carpark. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Carjack horror By NICOLA MURPHY CARJACKING doesn t just happen in movies. Henderson police are warn- ing people to take care in carparks after a man had his car stolen at knifepoint last Tuesday. They are on the hunt for the distinctive vehicle, a lime green Ford Falcon ute. The owner, who does not want to be identified, stopped at the Te Atatu South Foodtown on Edmonton Rd around 8.25pm to withdraw $200 cash from the ATM nearby. He got back into his car with the money and was about to turn the key when a man appeared at his window. The next thing I knew the door flew open and there was a knife at my throat. The victim says the blade was around 25cm long but because it was dark he was not able to see the man prop- erly. He believes his attacker was of Maori descent and in his late teens or early 20s. He was not able to describe what the man s clothing was to police. He could have been naked for all I knew. What I was focused on was the knife. I could tell he was out of it ... there was evil in his eyes. The victim slipped out of the car and started walking away with his eyes still on the man. He headed towards the supermarket entrance. He started stabbing at me, saying: Don t go in there . A shopper who d just come out of the supermarket saw the incident and called the police. The shopper scared the attacker, who jumped in the ute and drove off. The stolen vehicle has the number plate DPT928. The victim says he is grate- ful to the young shopper who came to his rescue. I d be dead otherwise, there s no two ways about it. He says he s been getting angrier and angrier since the incident. It could easily have been a young mother with children and they would not have fared as well. Detective Dean Miles says crimes like these are not com- mon. He advises people wanting to withdraw cash to choose ATMs in well-lit locations and with lots of people around. Be protective of your PIN number and be aware of your surroundings. He says anyone feeling uncomfortable in the area should go somewhere else. Progressive Enterprises, which owns the Foodtown supermarket chain, says it has security systems in place. Spokesman Luke Schepen says these include good light- ing, security patrols and cameras both in-store and in the carparks. These are both prevent- ative measures of crime and to aid police if something does happen, he says. We don t want to see these things happen and it s unfor- tunate that there are people out there who take advantage of other people, Mr Schepen says. Call Mr Miles on 839-0629 if you have any information about the stolen vehicle.
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