Three teenage girls suspected of robbery have been arrested after boarding a southbound train in Auckland.
The offending occurred over two separate incidents near Khyber Pass Rd and Carlton Gore Rd on the evening of June 22.
The first incident saw a 17-year-old woman allegedly assaulted and robbed of her cellphone and wallet.
A second incident involved a 29-year-old woman jogging along Carlton Gore Rd. The victim was confronted by the teen trio, pulled to the ground, assaulted, and had her headphones stolen.
Close relationships between NZ Police and Auckland Transport helped with promptly identifying and arresting suspects.
CCTV camera operators for Auckland Transport became aware of the incidents and were able to identify the offenders that boarded a train in Grafton.
Police were promptly deployed to the train’s next scheduled stop. After boarding, they found and arrested the three teenagers.
The 18-year-old was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and will appear in the Auckland District Court on June 26. The two other associates were taken home by the police and referred to Youth Aid because of their young ages.
“When young people choose to engage in illegal behavior, they set themselves on a dangerous path that has long term consequences,” says Noreen Hegarty, Auckland City Police communications manager.