A man has been arrested after an alleged robbery in Northland and police are calling for other victims to come forward.
A man has been arrested after allegedly tailgating a car, forcing it off the road and robbing the driver in Northland – but police believe there could be more victims.
The alleged tailgating and robbery happened on Mangakahia Road in Maungatapere on September 14 and police have been investigating since.
“It was alleged the male tail-gated a vehicle in front of him, before forcing the victim’s vehicle off the road, and forcefully taking an amount of cash,” Detective Inspector Al Symonds said.
Police allege the male then forced the victim to drive to an ATM to withdraw more money.
Symonds said police were aware of a number of incidents of similar behaviour in the Maungatapere area, which were being reported on social media.
“Police acknowledge the Maungatapere community are understandably concerned by these incidents,” he said.
“We want to reassure you we are committed to holding those offenders choosing to engage in this type of behaviour to account.”
The incidents needed to be reported to police, Symonds urged, so that it could be investigated.
“If you are the victim of this type of behaviour, please call 111 if it is happening now.”
“Additionally, anyone who has experienced this and has not yet been in touch with Police, is encouraged to do so by contacting us via our 105 service.”
Information could also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
A 20-year-old man had been arrested in relation to the incident this week, Symonds said.
He had already appeared in Whangārei District Court and was remanded in custody unti his next appearence in Auckland District Court on November 8.