Man robs Hamilton house in hi-vis vest

  • 04/09/2015
(Photo: supplied)
(Photo: supplied)

Hamilton police are seeking a man involved in the burglary of a home yesterday morning.

The man, who made off with a safe full of valuables and important documents, was wearing an orange hi-vis vest at the time of the burglary, in what Sergeant Jono Clark of the Waikato Tactical Crime Unit says was an effort to hide in plain sight.

"This is quite a cunning move because frequently people can mistake hi-vis clothing for some type of official function, believing someone who is wearing clothing of this type would draw attention to themselves, so therefore they are less likely to be suspicious."

The incident occurred on Peacockes Rd around 11am, and Sgt Clark says images from security cameras show a bearded male offender knock on the door, before taking off his vest and entering the home.

Underneath the vest the man was dressed in a black baseball cap, dark jeans or trousers and a black t-shirt with a red logo on the front.

The offender has then driven off in a dark coloured two-door vehicle.

Police urge local residents to keep an eye out for similar incidents and to "trust your gut instinct" if they think something looks suspicious.

Sgt Clark says residents have every right to ask for identification if they notice a suspicious person on their own, or neighbouring properties.

Anybody who may know about this incident, or who can recognise the man from the photographs is asked to contact Hamilton Central Police Station on (07) 858 6200.

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