Justin Bieber hat thieves want a hug

BY GREER MCDONALD
Last updated 12:16 28/04/2010
Emah Hira Matiu, right, shows off Justin Bieber's hat with her friend, Beki Diamond.
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NICE HAT: Emah Hira Matiu, right, shows off Justin Bieber's hat with her friend, Beki Diamond.
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A Hamilton student who swiped Justin Bieber's hat says she won't give it back unless she gets a hug.

Emah Hira Matiu drove from Hamilton to catch a glimpse of Bieber and ended up coming away with a lot more - his hat.

The 17-year-old hat thief said she grabbed it off his head when he arrived at Auckland Airport last night. She then ran out of the airport with her 16-year-old friend Beki Diamond before anyone could stop her.

"We just ran and ran and ran ... before I died of exhaustion," she said.

Police said Matiu could face a theft charge if Bieber laid a complaint.

"I don't think there has been (a complaint) yet," said Waikato District police spokesman Andrew McAlley

The Hamilton Girls' High School student said she had spent most of today trying to work out how to contact Bieber to arrange to give the hat back in exchange for a hug.

"Technically we should be at school. We tweeted at Justin, everything, just to let Justin know," Matiu said.

If he doesn't reply, she said: "I'm gonna keep it for ever and ever and ever and ever.

"We pretty much stalked him."

Speaking on Select Live, Bieber said his hat theft "wasn't cool" and he wanted it back.

Bieber is in the country on a promotional visit and hysterical teens have been following the young singer's every move.

The singer gave a short concert at Strathallan School in Papakura today but the organisers said it was private, open only to the school's year 6 to year 13 students.

A public concert in Sydney was called off by police who said teenage fans were in danger of being crushed.

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