Hard-working teen's new iPhone stolen
A year to gain, seconds to loseANNA LOREN
Young Kalani Mose didn't get a chance to enjoy the new iPhone he spent a year saving up for.
It was stolen in a street robbery just three days after he bought it.
The De La Salle College student has been working after school at Middlemore Hospital since the start of the year.
The 17-year-old works four nights a week as a kitchen hand and also delivers meals to patients.
Most of his wages go to pay his family's bills and to look after his three little sisters, so buying the iPhone was a special treat, he says.
Kalani put money away all year through Chrisco and finally received his new phone late last month.
A few days later he walked to the Papatoetoe Community Link office to use the service's free wifi signal.
He was approached by a group of teenage boys and his new phone and his old Samsung Galaxy were snatched out of his hands.
Kalani chased one of the boys down the street but soon lost sight of him.
The other boys pretended to help him search for their friend but had no success.
Later Kalani found out one of them had taken the phone himself.
"At first I felt sorry for them but then I found out they had it the whole time," he says.
"I didn't know what to do. I couldn't imagine something like that happening."
The phone was so new that Kalani hadn't had a chance to put a sim card in yet, meaning it was unable to be tracked.
Counties Manukau police spokeswoman Kimberley Mathews says three offenders have been located and referred to Youth Aid.
Two were found in less than 24 hours after a CCTV photo was posted on the police Facebook page.
But that's cold comfort for Kalani, who's unlikely to get his phone back, Ms Mathews says.
"He's clearly worked hard to get what he's got yet it was stolen by some local kids causing trouble."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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