Urban ninja in city crime spree
YouTube star uses costume and espionageSIMON DAY
A video has emerged showing a notorious urban ninja on an apparent small time crime spree in central Auckland.
The ninja appears to rob Glengarry wine store on Wellesley St and Dick Smith Electronics on Wyndham St.
The ninja was so stealth that staff at Glengarry and the former employees of the now closed Dick Smith store have no recollection of the burglaries.
The ninja also used his skills of camouflage and espionage to shock, surprise and fondle Auckland residents.
He emerges bat-like from the scaffolding of Queen St construction to ruffle the hair, steal the caps and scare young women.
Like the mythical warriors of feudal Japan the urban ninja melts seamlessly into his surroundings, like the fountain in Albert Park, before emerging to shock his victims.
This was the urban ninja's first appearance since 2006.
The ninja is the alter ego of US actor Robert Hoffman, who rose to internet fame via online comedy stunts.
An Auckland Police spokeswoman said officers were not aware of any complaints made against the "ninja".
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