Pushy thief's chocolate scam leaves sour taste

Last updated 23:25 22/02/2009

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A Christchurch couple have circulated fliers warning people of a "pushy" young thief who has been robbing home-owners after trying to sell chocolates for a fake school fundraiser.

Paul Frost, of Spreydon, said a "chubby Maori boy" had been selling Snickers bars in their neighbourhood and stole his wallet from his bedroom, as well as items from his car parked in the driveway on February 13.

"We were watching the news at the time and Scully (their dog) must have heard something. Normally, if he hears someone at the door he goes berserk, but he just moved towards the door, so I told him to sit back down. I got up about 10 minutes later and the front door was open and my wallet was gone off my dresser."

Several neighbours contacted Frost after he posted a flier around the neighbourhood warning them of the thief.

Just before his incident, a boy described as aged 10 or 11 had been door-knocking Frost's neighbours, trying to sell chocolate bars.

"He tried following one of my neighbours into her house when she went to get money for him and when he tried to get in her front door, she stopped him and locked the door behind her. She said he was quite pushy."

Another neighbour found the boy in her backyard, he said. The boy had told people he had been selling chocolates for two primary schools.

Sergeant Phil Barker said there had been similar incidents in the northern suburbs. One elderly man had been targeted by a Samoan or Maori teenage boy selling chocolate bars for a fundraiser. The boy distracted the victim telling him he wanted a glass of water and stole his wallet, containing $200.

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