Pike River fraudster resurfaces

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013
CONMAN: Edwin Taylor.
OISIN DUKE/Timaru Herald
CONMAN: Edwin Taylor.

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The Pike River fraudster has apparently struck again, this time charming his way into a family home before allegedly stealing a car and $1700.

Edwin Henry Taylor appeared in the Christchurch District Court in 2011, facing several dishonesty charges including taking a car and obtaining money by deception.

Taylor apparently told victims that he had been made redundant from Pike River Mine.

He has resurfaced in Hawkes Bay, where he allegedly stole a car from a woman he had been staying with.

Tracey Jarrett, of Waipukurau, met Taylor in October when she went to get an old tattoo changed, and they hit it off.

"He seemed perfect and trustworthy," she said. "The kids absolutely adored him."

Taylor stayed with Jarrett for two weeks, before disappearing one morning, allegedly taking her car and wallet. The car was later found in a Hastings car park.

"That was pretty lucky. I didn't think I'd see it again," Jarrett said.

She alleged Taylor used her bank card, made two withdrawals of $800 each from ATMs in Waipukurau and Hastings, and an Eftpos transaction of $60. A third ATM withdrawal failed as the daily limit on the card had been reached.

The bank had submitted a fraud claim, but Jarrett said she was still short the nearly $1700 cash.

Jarrett said Taylor had told her his name was Ed Edmonds, but when she identified him to police she found out his real name and history.

"I have learnt a very hard lesson." The event had shaken her trust in strangers. "If I do meet anyone else, I'm going to call police and get a police check for them."

Police spokeswoman Kris McGehan said the matter was being investigated. Police were not sure where Taylor was, she said. Anyone with information could contact police on 06 831 0700.

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