Petrol station thieves take off with $5 from charity box

Police are keen to identify this man. Photo / Supplied, NZ Police
Police are keen to identify this man. Photo / Supplied, NZ Police

Police are still looking for one of two men who stole a charity box from a petrol station.

The Z station in New Brighton, Christchurch caught on tape two men who had broken through its glass windows to get into the store just before 1am on New Year's Day.

Z corporate communications and investor relations manager Jonathan Hill said the pair made off with $5.

Z New Brighton burglary

Recently we had a burglary at Z New Brighton.

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Police said this morning review of CCTV footage had led to the identification and arrest of one of the two men earlier this week but police were keen to identify the other man.

They released an image of the man wearing a blue hat and grey sweatshirt with a red and black logo on the front.

The station is fighting back against would-be thieves with a range of nifty technology including fog cannons, DNA mist and high-tech cameras.

On its Facebook page the petrol company boasts its cameras were so good you could even see one of the man's eye-colour.

Mr Hill said the company was deliberately sharing the footage to illustrate it was no longer easy for thieves to get away with their crimes.

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He said there had been a recent spate of burglaries at stations around the country.
"In all cases, they get away with next to nothing. It's a zero sum game."

In another incident on its Facebook page last week it showed off its fog cannons in action. The cannon worked by completely filling the area with mist so that the robbers were unable to see what they were doing.

Its DNA mist worked in a similar fashion by spraying those who broke in with an invisible solution that stays on the skin for up to 10 days and was only detectable under ultraviolet light.

- NZ Herald

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