Police seek public help with robbery inquiry

Last updated 12:24 20/02/2014
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The site of a reported robbery in Memorial St, Queenstown.

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Queenstown police need the public's help to gather information about an alleged robbery and assault of a taxi driver.

A Green Cabs driver was allegedly assaulted by three men about 3.20am on February 5 after driving a male to the Queenstown recreation grounds.

The driver drove to Memorial St beside the recreation ground after his passenger said he was meeting a friend to borrow money to pay the fare.

The passenger went to use a public toilet. When he failed to return the driver went looking for him on foot, but was attacked and allegedly robbed by the passenger and two other men. Two of the men then took a cash box containing about $700 in cash from the taxi.

Police want to talk to a man who received a telephone call about 3.15am and met the passenger in the taxi at the Man St entrance to the Queenstown Lakes View Holiday Park.

Police believe the man, described as Caucasian, of thin build, 175 centimetres tall and having curly, dark, shoulder- length hair, lives in the holiday park. He was wearing a white T-shirt and half- length trousers.

Police are also keen to talk to a woman who used the taxi driver's cellphone to call Green Cabs at 4.32am, and a man described as a Maori or Polynesian, aged 20-25 years, of solid build and about 172cm in height. He had a slight limp.

Two other men are also being sought by police.

One was muscular, with olive or dark skin, aged 25-30, 182cm tall with short, shaven hair and some facial hair. He had numbers on the back of his right hand.

The other man was a Maori or Polynesian, aged about 20, about 172cm tall and of average build.

Anyone with information can contact Queenstown police on 03 4411600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55511.

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