A 30-year-old man has been arrested for shoplifting large power tools, among other items.

Hawke's Bay Police said they arrested a local man in relation to $10,000 worth of property stolen between August 13 and September 2.

Items stolen include Stihl concrete cutters, a generator, drill tool set, handbags, children's clothing and outdoor jackets. These were taken from stores across Hastings and Napier.

Concrete cutters stolen from the Hastings Stihl Shop on two separate occasions were still missing.


Stihl Shop owner Mike Brough said the concrete cutters and drill press were stolen last week during working hours. The stolen goods were valued at $4800.

"He used distraction techniques and came when customers were in the store. Then he took the items and walked out."

"The drill press is not a simple piece of machinery so he was very clever and knew what he was doing."

Mr Brough said they were going to be more vigilant and awake after the incident and with more of this sort of crime happening.

People have been asked to contact police if they may be able to help return the items to their rightful owner.

Anyone with information should ring Hastings police on 06 873 0500 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The man is facing ten charges of shoplifting and has been remanded in custody to appear in Hastings District Court on September 26th.