Papamoa Police are seeking information from public following the alleged theft of a bicycle from Papamoa Plaza.
Sergeant Tristan Murray says they’re seeking more information about a person of interest.
“We are needing the public’s help in identifying a female, captured by CCTV, who was involved in the alleged theft of the bicycle on April 24.”
He says the incident, which is under investigation, highlights a reminder about security.
“The person who the bike belongs to, thinking they were doing the right thing, left it in a place where they thought would be safe as it was covered by CCTV.
“This doesn’t rule out the fact you need to lock your bike as well.
“The best-case scenario would be that yes you leave your bike in an area where it is well-lit, quite public or covered by cameras, but also it needs to be locked. So this person got half of it right.”
He says the theft is the first to happen at the Plaza for some time.
Tristan say while this sort of thing doesn’t happen all the time, "unfortunately, if people don’t lock their bikes they are asking for it”.
Anyone with more information is urged to contact Papamoa Police on 07 572 2440.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.