Police tighten net on South Auckland's most wanted

By Anna Leask

Police have warned that if you have a warrant out for your arrest in South Auckland, your time is running out.

Counties Manukau police have been running an operation targeting people who have active arrest warrants.

Since September 25, police working on Operation Fallout have netted 579 people with a total of 871 warrants for their arrest.

Police have enlisted the help of other government agencies such as the Inland Revenue Department, Ministry of Social Development, Department of Corrections, Immigration, Housing NZ, the Companies Office as well as the SPCA to help track down wanted people.

But now they have decided to go public. Anyone they believe is actively evading police will have their mugshot posted on the Counties Manukau Facebook page.

"We are serious about making offenders accountable for their offending and if we can use technology and social media as tools to assist us, [so much] the better," a police spokeswoman said.

"It's a great way to get the public in working towards making the community a safer place and it is sending a message that police won't tolerate offenders who evade accountability for their criminal actions."

How you can help

• For your own safety, DO NOT approach or confront any of these people.

• If you have information about any of them, contact the Operation Fallout team on (09) 262-9147 or call your local police station and ask to be put through to extension 97347. Alternatively, you can email the team at CMWarrants@police.govt.nz or call 111.

All information has been supplied by the Counties Manukau police.

View photos of South Auckland's most wanted criminals here.

- The Aucklander

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