Suspected looters identified on Facebook

Last updated 11:13 24/07/2013

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Police are speaking to a 16-year-old girl after a Wellington cafe was burgled following Sunday's quake.

Mojo coffee's Willis St store was robbed of $1300 in the theft, at 12:20am on Monday morning.

Four young thieves were captured on camera stealing from a cash float and safe at the premises early on Monday morning.

Mojo operations manager Te Kawa Robb said people had recognised the thieves and approached him after footage was posted on Facebook.

It was still unclear how the thieves got into the building on the ground level foyer of the State Insurance Building - formerly the BNZ Centre - but that should be able to be clarified by the building's manager.

If it was shown to be forced entry the theft would be classified as looting rather than an opportunistic theft, he said.

Acting district commander, Superintendent Sue Schwalger said police were investigating, and had spoked to a 16-year-old female in relation to the incident.

She was confident the matter would be resolved quickly.

''Police wish to reiterate that whilst disappointing, this type of opportunistic offending can occur at any time on any day.

"There has been no increase or escalation of dishonesty offences over the last few days and there is nothing to suggest this particular incident is due to the recent spate of earthquakes.''

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- The Dominion Post

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