A new high-tech surveillance camera in Snells Beach has proven instrumental in generating leads after a robbery at Liquorland last month.
Officers already in Snells Beach quickly responded to calls after the robbery was reported, but the offender managed to give them the slip.
Warkworth Police Sergeant Mark Stallworthy said the CCTV cameras on site were unable to capture the licence plate of the vehicle used in the robbery, but police were able to identify the make and model.
However, high-resolution infrared camera on the corner of Mahurangi East Road and Arabella Lane captured the plate in perfect detail and police have now found the vehicle, as well as the weapon used in the robbery.
“As a result, we have very strong leads which police are pursuing,” Sgt Stallworthy says.
“That camera has been critical for solving crime in Snells Beach since it was installed, thanks to funding from the community.”
The camera was paid for by the Snells Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association, with help from Snells Beach Gull, Northland Waste, Brick Bay Wines and Insite Security.