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    Police told a man who had his wallet stolen in a bar that he would have to solve his own case if he wanted to get it back.
    The man had stopped at Ponsonby's Golden Dawn bar for 15 minutes on March 16 to farewell a friend, and had his wallet stolen from his back pocket.

    The man, 42, said he did not realise until the next morning that the wallet was missing.
    "I didn't even have a drink. I said goodbye and then buggered off. The next day I couldn't find it . . . and called the credit card company."They said, ‘You were out drinking until 2am'. They [the thieves] made eight transactions worth $398."There were some rounds that were like $13 and some that were like $90."After he told police where the stolen card was used, he was sent a letter telling him he needed to secure the bar's CCTV footage and provide it to police.

    "The credit card company said that's a ridiculous thing to do, and strongly advised me not to do that. They said it's their job and the police's job.
    "It's a bit bizarre. I'm sort of wondering how many other people have got these letters."Auckland police communications manager Senior Sergeant Hirone Waretini admitted that the letters - distributed from "the mothership" at Auckland Central station - were far from ideal.

    "Personally, I don't think that's the way it should be done. It's certainly part of our service delivery that I'm quite keen to examine."
    He was aware of at least one other similar case, but said that he hoped it was not becoming the norm.Checking CCTV footage should be a task for police, he said."We expect from our police staff that, if there's something to be followed up, then we will follow it up."Incidents such as these . . . we need to ensure it's a one-off," Mr Waretini said."Victims are at the centre of our business. Situations such as these we would not expect to be the norm and it's something we're going to have to look at seriously."

    • flimflam
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      flimflam commented
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      This is easy to explain " the guy who had his wallet stolen was not a cop" had he been a cop the area most likley would have been cordoned off, a house by house search conducted and if no one could be found to have committed this crime evidence may have been planted. This is what we expect of our police, oh yeah, with arrogance.

    • teodora
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      teodora commented
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      right... my car was broken into & totally damaged last weekend while parked in Oriental parade, Wel - and I have to ask people around for clues, as police didn't even bother to come and investigate.

    • Unix
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      Unix commented
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      Wow I never trust police I never call them for help they convict innocent I had my experience stay away with them
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