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Patrol observations lead to arrest of man in possession of an imitation pistol
1 July 2008

At 0147 on the 14th June, while parked up in the Johnsonville Woolworths Carpark, the Wellington North Community Patrol saw a vehicle pull into the carpark with five occupants.

Once the vehicle parked, the driver and a passenger left the vehicle. The patrol noticed that the passenger had a handgun at his side. The patrol immediately contacted the Police Communications Centre and watched the offender until Police arrived.

When the Police arrived, they arrested the offender in possession of what turned out to be a very realistic replica handgun.

The patrol members involved in the incident were required to give formal statements and did not arrive home till very late that morning.

A man has appeared in the Wellington District Court charged with unlawfully carrying and presenting an imitation firearm.

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