Police are advising the public to be vigilant after a car-jacking in Tauranga.
The incident occurred on a rural patch of Welcome Bay Road shortly before midnight on Sunday.
The victim was driving down the road when he was stopped by two other vehicles.
“Three males approached and threatened the victim,” says Tauranga response manager Senior Sergeant Glenn Saunders.
“As a result, the victim got out of their vehicle and ran away.
“The three males got into the vehicles, including the victims, and fled the scene.”
Police are advising motorists to be cautious but state this is not a common event.
“We would like to reassure the community this is an isolated incident and that we take these sorts of reports very seriously,” says Glenn.
“Our message to the public is to remain vigilant and to not be alarmed, but to be alert, and to report any concerning behaviour to Police on 111 immediately.”
Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who might have information concerning suspicious people or activity in the area leading up to the incident.
Anyone with information which might assist police in their investigation can contact police on 105, quoting file number 210726/6668.
Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.