Five most wanted men hard to locate

03:51, Dec 11 2012
Five most wanted
New Plymouth police have released photos of their five most wanted. Pictured is Tamati Thomas
Five most wanted
New Plymouth police have released photos of their five most wanted. Pictured is Matthew Ratu
Five most wanted
New Plymouth police have released photos of their five most wanted. Pictured is Nico Joseph
Five most wanted
New Plymouth police have released photos of their five most wanted. Pictured is Rangi Abraham

The Taranaki police Christmas wish list is proving elusive.

Their five most wanted criminals were named in the Taranaki Daily News last week, but not one has yet been tracked down.

Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward said last week police were keen to catch the five before Christmas.

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Police: The search continues.

But while members of the public did contact police there had been no arrests to date, he said.

"We have got positive lines of inquiry but to date none has been located so far," Mr Coward said.

The list was published in the paper on Thursday:

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Robert Hills, 44, of Okato, disappeared in November after he was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine at his home.

Tamati Ruka Thomas, 31, was wanted for an alleged attack on another inmate, who has been treated for a broken jaw, while Thomas was in New Plymouth Prison for an aggravated robbery. He was released on November 12.

Rangi Abraham, 21, is facing domestic assault charges including injuring with intent in June. He has failed to appear in court.

Nico Joseph, 20, was due to appear in the Hawera District Court in September for burglary and stealing cars.

Matthew Ross Ratu, 34, is facing money laundering and burglary charges and has a warrant out for his arrest.

Taranaki Daily News