Teens appear in court after spate of campervan robberies on the West Coast

Police say those responsible for a spate of campervan robberies on the West Coast are being held to account.
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Police say those responsible for a spate of campervan robberies on the West Coast are being held to account.

Three teenagers have appeared in court after a crime spree targeting campervans on the West Coast.

The trio – two aged 16 and one 17-year-old – appeared in the Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.

They were charged with aggravated robbery and burglary following recent offending targeting campervans in the Cobden area.

Detective Sergeant Kirsten Norton said several other people were being spoken to in relation to the offending and further arrests may be made.

"None of the victims – who were all overseas tourists – were injured during the robberies, however they were understandably shaken and are being supported by their embassies and victim support," she said.

"I'd like to reassure the victims, and other tourists and visitors to the area, that the people responsible for these robberies are being held to account.

"We take this type of offending very seriously and will not tolerate it in our communities."

Police called for sightings of a red, older model Subaru Justy hatchback between 8pm on October 17 and 2am on Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Greymouth police on 03 768 1600, or can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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