Alleged Star Wars costume thieves caught on camera

Last updated 10:26 12/11/2009
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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: CCTV footage shows the men taking a Wellington man's $5000 Star Wars costume.
MISSING: An imperial stormtrooper suit like the $5000 one stolen in Paparangi.
MISSING: An imperial stormtrooper suit like the $5000 one stolen in Paparangi.

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Police have identified four suspects in their hunt for thieves who pinched a Wellington man's $5000 Star Wars costume.

Officers from the police Crime Control Unit identified the men on CCTV footage.

The suspects arrived at a property in the northern suburb of Paparangi about 12.30pm on November 3.

They took the boxed costume from the Wellington man's back porch. The footage shows that, after the thieves realised it was too big to fit in the boot of their car, they put it in the back seat and drove off.

The rare black Star Wars costume - which includes full body armour, helmet and laser blaster - was ordered from overseas and delivered by FedEx to the back door of the Helston Rd house.

Police earlier said they believed it was a planned theft, as it seemed too coincidental to be an opportunistic crime.

Constable Steve Watts said today that there were several pieces to the costume.

"Sightings of four men trying to bundle this large item into their car would probably be a little unusual.''

Mr Watts said police also wanted to speak to a woman who was walking her dog along Helston Rd about the time of the theft.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact Wellington Police on 0800 TIPOFF (0800 847 633).

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