Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Hamilton Council staff help nab robbery suspect

Hamilton City Council staff have played their part in nabbing a 28-year-old man who was allegedly involved in an attempted robbery in Hamilton in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police say that around 1.10am on Wednesday, a man was seen acting suspiciously near the traffic lights at the intersection of Wairere Drive and River Road.

“He then approached a vehicle stopped at the lights and attempted to pull the driver from the seat,” Police said in a statement.

“The driver was able to get free and drive away from the area. The man then fled to nearby Harrowfield where he was quickly arrested by Police.”

The 28-year-old man appeared in Hamilton District Court on Wednesday charged with assault with attempt to rob.

“[Wednesday’s] arrest is a result of swift and proactive work from our partners at Hamilton City Council who monitor the city’s traffic cameras,” said Hamilton City Prevention Manager Senior Sergeant Scott McKenzie.

“CitySafe staff had noticed the man acting suspiciously in the bushes near the intersection and alerted Police to the behaviour. Officers were then dispatched and responding at the time the man approached the vehicle. 

“Police value the relationship with CitySafe staff who are able to assist Police in preventing crime through early detection.”

He said Hamilton Police and Hamilton City Council, alongside partner agencies, were continually working on a range of initiatives that can further enhance the city’s safety.

“Most Hamiltonians probably don’t know that our dedicated CitySafe team are monitoring our city around the clock to keep our community safe,” says Hamilton City Council CitySafe Unit Manager, Kelvin Powell.

“Our continued investment into CCTV (including recent funding from Central Government), as well as our highly trained staff, allow us to work with Police to tackle crime and deliver great outcomes, and safer communities.”

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