Carter's wife among hockey car theft victims
Top Auckland hockey players, including All Black Dan Carter's wife, had their car windows smashed and gear stolen last night while they practised their skills.
Fifteen cars had windows smashed in the car park outside Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium, Pakuranga.
Honor Carter posted a picture of her vandalised passenger window on her Twitter account.
''Whoever messed with my Range Rover ... I don't like you,'' she tweeted.
''If you're really a mean person you're going to come back as a fly and eat poop.''
Carter later added, ''THEN get run over by my Range Rover''.
It is understood nothing was stolen from Carter's vehicle as thieves couldn't get inside.
"So, turns out they tried to wire my lock too. Haha robber, you couldn't get through my window or my lock - sucker," she tweeted today
Auckland Hockey chief executive officer David Curtis said the cars were broken into while the Auckland Fury men's and women's National Hockey League teams practiced.
''There was all sorts of stuff that was taken, so they just went through for anything that might be of value.''
The players are now trying to replace gear for an upcoming NHL warm up match against Midlands on July 15.
''We are extremely disappointed and frustrated that people would do this when we've got these people sacrificing to actually represent Auckland in their sport,'' he said.
''To then have people come through and just rip them off like this is extremely frustrating and disappointing.''
Curtis said security would be increased at the car park. He said the area wasn't regularly targeted by thieves but break-ins had happened before.
''We will be looking at what we can do in terms of improved security, in terms of potentially CCTV, to try and stop this,'' he said.
''And we really feel for the athletes who have lost personal and sporting gear in the situation.''
Counties Manukau East police intelligence manager Karl McCabe said police had two reports of gear stolen from the car park - the first at about 8 pm.
But when police attended the job they found 15 cars were affected.
''We know of a couple of people who have just been released from prison lately who we will look at as potential suspects,'' he said.
McCabe said the area is a "target rich" environment on certain nights of the week.
''People need to actually report the offences so that we know what is going on.''
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