Taranaki's most wanted
These are the faces of Taranaki's most wanted – and police are calling for your help to track them down.
They all separately face charges involving violence or robbery and should not be approached.
The five – who are all on bail – have given the double-finger salute to the courts and have failed to face the charges against them.
One of them, Mathew Kane Tett, 21, of New Plymouth, robbed the Tui Dairy at knifepoint.
In March he was convicted of aggravated robbery but failed to appear in court for his sentencing.
Also among them was Hawera man Joel Broughton, 33, wanted by police in connection with an alleged daylight carjacking in central New Plymouth earlier this month.
Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said yesterday that while some of the men had gang connections they were mostly unknown to one another and from different parts of Taranaki.
Mr Coward said it was unusual to have so many alleged serious offenders wanted by police at one time.
"They are five people who are facing serious charges and we can't find them.
"Some have been through the court processes and others haven't.
"It appears they are thumbing their nose at law enforcement and trying to avoid jail," Mr Coward said.
"They are on the run and could be in Taranaki somewhere. We are concerned about their whereabouts and want them captured."
Mr Coward urged the public to keep an eye out for them. If spotted, they should not be approached but people should waste no time in informing police.
Taranaki Daily News