Press release – NZ Police
Police are in the process of contacting people impacted by the theft of Police property from the former Auckland Central Police Station on Vincent Street.
A criminal investigation into the burglary remains ongoing, with four people charged to date with burglary and receiving stolen property offences.
Among the stolen property recovered were a number of documents which included firearms licensing information, containing people’s personal details.
Our investigation is continuing to work to understand the full breadth of documentation that was stolen.
Police are now contacting people whose documents have been obtained as a result of the burglary to advise them of the situation.
As part of this, Police are continuing to work with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps moving forward.
There is nothing to indicate any involvement of organised criminal groups in this burglary at this stage.
The ongoing criminal investigation is continuing to establish who may have come into contact with the stolen property.
Police became aware of an apparent breach when Police property was discovered during the search of a Mt Albert address. The warrant was for an unrelated matter on 25 May.
At the address Police located a number of documents and expired OC Spray.
Police began further enquiries into this discovery, and this resulted in a 41-year-old man being located by Police.
He has been spoken to and is now before the Auckland District Court charged with unlawful possession of a restricted weapon, burglary, and possession of instruments for burglary.
This man had allegedly broken into the station on Vincent Street and stolen documents intended for destruction and expired OC Spray.
Police are in the early process of establishing exactly what documentation has been taken and who may be affected by the breach.
The Privacy Commissioner has been notified and we are continuing to liaise with the Commission and following guidelines in dealing with the situation.
Police are extremely disappointed that this has occurred.
In general, we always advise firearms license holders to remain vigilant around the security measures they have in place for their firearms.
Keeping firearms holders safe is a key focus for Police and we continue to monitor any burglaries of firearms that occur.
Any incidents of this nature are routinely followed up by Police.
Any firearms licence holders are encouraged to contact Police if they have any concerns.