Police are seeking information about a man alleged to have indecently assaulted two female tourists at a beach near Mount Maunganui.
Mount Maunganui community constable Kurt Waugh says the incident involved two German tourists on November 10.
“The two tourists had parked their car at the Waiariki St car park and have proceeded to the beach to do some yoga.
“A man approached these women while they were at the beach and inappropriately grabbed one of the women, he said something inappropriate to them and flicked one of the women with a t-shirt.
“The women were shocked by this man's behaviour and walked away.”
He says the women returned to their car soon after to discover it had been broken into, their phones stolen alongside some other items.
“Police believe the same man may be related to the break in,” says Kurt.
The male is described as being a Maori or Pacific Islander, medium build, quite muscular with ‘funny-teeth' and a distinctive chest tattoo.
Police are encouraging anyone who has any information on this male's identity or who may have witnessed the event, contact the Mount Maunganui police on 07 575 3143.
Alternatively people can also contact Tauranga police on 075774300 or anonymously via the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111