Police seek info on stolen boat

STOLEN: 08/11/2010 at 13:30 Location: 15 ROSETTA RD, RAUMATI SOUTH, KAPITI
Boat: McLay Fisherman 560 18ft Year: 2001
Colour: Burgundy with Aluminium Coloured Hull
Motor: Yamaha 115cc CETOL, s/n: 6E5L411165
Description: Lined Dash and half deck, Padded Squabs Burgundy and grey stripes,
Padded backrest in cabin, , Day canopy burgundy, Cabin windows, Split rear seats
Lined cabin, Grey Road Cover
Accessories: Under-floor tanks, Ski Pole, Rod Holders, Auxiliary bracket, (Rise & Fall), assorted life jackets, flares, fire extinguisher, assorted fishing equipment, Hummingbird M25 fish finder, s/n: 3091704-0297, VHF radio
Trailer - 2001 Factory built TOKO galvanised single axle, License Plate - 492Z
Sign written - McLay Powerboat centre, Self centering rollers (Rollers Blue)
Guide arms at rear of trailer
Insured: State Insurance $43000

If you can help, contact:
Detective Constable Matthew CAMPBELL
Kapiti Police Station
Phone -04 2966814 Email -MCI521@police.govt.nz

17 June

Kapiti Police have seized a red to maroon coloured 1993 Nissan Bluebird car as one of interest to the investigation into the death of Raymond 'Son' Piper. The 23-year-old Paekakariki man went missing from Paraparaumu on Saturday morning, 15 May. Police believe he has been violently killed and want information that will help find his body or the person or people responsible for his death.

Name Suppression Lifted in Kapiti murder case
25 June
Murder accused Ainsley Anderson

The names of two people accused of being a party to grievous bodily harm on Raymond Piper can now be released. The co-accused are Susan Bragger, aged 44, of Paraparaumu and Sean Hawke, aged 50, of Tauranga.

Both Bragger and Hawke remain in custody to reappear in the Porirua District Court on July 13, 2010.

Ainsley Brent Anderson, aged 51, of Paraparaumu reappears on the 16th of July facing a charge of being party to the murder of Raymond Piper.

Kapiti Police are continuing with their search for Raymond's body and urge anyone with information to phone Police immediately on either 0800 FIND RAY or on the Crimestoppers free phone number 0800 555 111. People can also email Findray@police.govt.nz or text 027 241 1394.

DSS Oxnam says the focus of the inquiry is still to recover Raymond's body and return it to his whanau so they can give him a final resting place.

"Anyone who knows any information must call us immediately. Raymond's whanau want his body home so they can rest. Any information can be treated confidentially and you will be protected."

People can phone 0800 FIND RAY or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via email Findray@police.govt.nz or via text 027 241 1394.

Arrest made in Kapiti homicide case
21 June

Police have today arrested a man for being party to the murder of Raymond 'Son' Piper but say the investigation is far from over.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam, head of the month-long investigation team, said a 51-year-old Paraparaumu man is in police custody and will appear in the Porirua District Court tomorrow charged with being party to murder.

The arrest follows extensive police inquiries helped by information from the public since 23-year-old Raymond went missing from Paraparaumu on the morning of Saturday 15 May.

Detective Senior Sergeant Oxnam says, "I am not prepared to jeopardise any aspect of the investigation by elaborating on the arrest but the homicide investigation has not finished."

"We still have a lot of work to do and we are yet to find Raymond's body. This will continue to be a critical focus for us."

Police have advised Mr Piper's family and partner of today's arrest.

The family says, "We pleased an arrest has been made but we want Son home so we can lay him to rest. We can't rest until he is found."

Police continue to appeal for sightings of vehicles of interest to the inquiry, including the dark green Mazda Marvie registration number WC9996, seized in Turakina on Tuesday 8 June and a red to maroon coloured 1993 Nissan Bluebird registration number RZ2075, seized by Police on Wednesday 16 June.

Police would also like sightings of a grey 1988 Toyota Corolla saloon which may have travelled as far as Wanganui over the weekend. (see photo above)

"We urge people to continue to call us with details that will help our investigation. Please speak up and tell us what you know, have heard or seen. We haven't found Raymond's body and every little bit of information might help pinpoint where he is or further progress the inquiry."

People with information that will help the homicide investigation team are asked to call: 0800 FINDRAY, email: findray@police.govt.nz or text 027 241 1394. All calls are being followed up by officers.

Kapiti man in violent homicide
17 June

Police have located the dark green Mazda Marvie registration WC9996 at a Turakina address, south of Wanganui which is connected to the disappearance of Raymond Piper, known as Son.

Head of the inquiry, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam says the vehicle is undergoing forensic examination and as a result, the investigation into Son's disappearance has been upgraded to a homicide investigation."

DSS Oxnam says, "I can now say that we have evidence that Son's death was violent."

"I am appealing for sightings of this vehicle from Saturday 15 May and every day after that. The vehicle was last seen in the Paraparaumu area on the morning of the 15th."

He says Police are aware the vehicle arrived at the Turakina address between Monday 24 May and midnight Thursday 27 May.

"I know that the people who may have been responsible for Son's violent death are aware that Son's death is causing a lot of anguish for his family. I appeal to anyone with information to come forward to police. I can guarantee your safety.

"I'm also appealing on behalf of Son's whanau and friends for the return of his body so they can have closure and give Son a final resting place.

Anyone with information should phone Police on 0800 FIND RAY or via email findray@police.govt.nz or via text 027 241 1394.

Suspect house inspectors
27 May

Kapiti residents whose homes may be near or close to the proposed path of the Expressway are warned to be on their guard against people asking to inspect their property without any prior warning, proper identification or authorisation.
A Raumati woman reported she had been approached by a man claiming he wanted to inspect her property because it was on the Expressway route.
If anyone is approached and the person has no identification or is acting suspiciously they are advised to decline permission for any inspection and to immediately call the Kapiti Police on (04) 296 6800 or 111 in an emergency.

Operation “Glow” targets cyclists
27 May

Winter is upon us, and this means dark and dangerous roads for the district's cyclists. The Kapiti Council and police are urging cyclists to take care by using reflective gear and lights.
Council's road safety coordinator recently ran a two-week education campaign targeted at cyclists and reinforcing the importance of using lights and high visibility reflective clothing while cycling.
Police will now start a "blitz" to ensure ALL cyclists comply with these regulatory requirements.
"Unfortunately there are still cyclists who choose to ride their bikes in the dark without lights," Council's road safety coordinator, Jane Pearson said.
"This is dangerous and stupid. It makes it very difficult for cyclists to be seen by drivers, even when cyclists can see the cars or trucks, and it greatly increases the risk of accidents.
"While we support cycling as a great way to keep fit and be more mindful of the environment, cyclists must take responsibility for their visibility to other traffic and pedestrians and use lights at the front and back of their bikes," Jane Pearson says.
The revised Road Code (2007 edition) states that all cyclists are legally obliged to have a steady or flashing rear-facing red light that can be seen from a distance of 100 metres and one or two steady or flashing white or yellow headlights that can be seen from a distance of 100 metres. Pedal reflectors or reflective clothing must also be used. Helmets also need to be worn,
Even during the day, cyclists should have lights and reflective gear if it is gloomy - and make sure they can be seen from front, back and sides. They should also remember to check their batteries regularly.

Family statement on missing Kapiti man
May 28 1pm

The following is a statement made this morning at Paraparaumu Police Station by Hannah Lark and Aroha Piper with their family attending.

"Today is the 13th day that Raymond, or Son as we know him, went missing from Eatwell Ave in Paraparaumu.

The past 13 days have been the worst we have ever faced in our lives, not knowing when, or if, Son is going to come walking through that door and we can pretend this nightmare never began.

To us, Son is a brother, a partner, a son and a loving Dad and we miss him more and more as each day goes by.

Son is a happy go lucky kind of guy, he'd give you the shirt off his back, he'd help you with anything, he had a heart of gold and he wouldn't hurt a fly.

Son was over the moon when his only son Cayden was born three years ago. Cayden is like his daddy in lots of ways.

We know the Police are working on finding Son as hard as they can, but we are pleading for information from anyone who might know where Son is.

If you think you might have seen him on the days since he went missing about 9 o'clock on Saturday the 15th of May, please could you call the Kapiti Police.

We have searched high and low, and so have the Police and still we are no closer to finding him.

If you are out walking in parks and reserves around the Kapiti Coast in the next few days, could you keep a watch for any signs of Son. Could you check any bushes or scrub around your houses for any clues.

We are tired, exhausted and desperate and we need help from the community.

Somebody, somewhere must know where Son is. If you have any information, no matter how important you think it might be, can you just phone the Police, let them be the judge of that information.

If you know something but you are too scared to come forward, the Police will treat the information confidentially and you will be protected.

Our last message is for you, Son.

Son, we love you so much. If you are watching this, we want you home. We love you and we just want you home.

Our son misses you. He wants you home.

Thank you."

Police fishing for reel stealer dealer

The Kapiti Police are seeking help from the public in relation to a recent burglary to Boat City on the morning of 11 May 2010.

Police are following several leads, however would like to hear from anyone who has been approached by a male selling 'Shimano'
or Daiwa fishing reels from his vehicle or similar type locations.

23 Shimano and Daiwa fishing reels were taken in the burglary. These had a total value of approximately $10,000.

If anyone has any information could they please contact Constable Doug NUKU on (04) 2966820 or 0272707735"

The 'Blue Light Crew' from left are Mike Tahere, Pete Swann, Allan Hallberg, Brett Polglase, Sgt. Jacquie Muir, Sonya Sloan, John Stewart, and Nick Aukett.

A huge success is how Constable Allan Hallberg described this week's Blue Light PTC (Physical Competence Test) for 40 school teams at Te Atiawa Park in Paraparaumu.

Camera gear stolen
20 July

A local photographer parked his car at Paraparaumu railway station to go to town to watch the rugby. In his absence, his vehicle was broken into and a bag was removed from the boot of his people carrier. The bag contained a Canon 5 D camera and a white Canon 70 - 200m lens. The Lens looks professional and will look out of place in the hands of an amature.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Police are also reminding readers not to leave valuables in view when parking your car. Any information to Detective Deehan on 04 298 1406 or crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

This local photographer has had his capacity for earning curtailed as a result of this theft.

Teenager arrested on Kapiti murder charge
4 August

Kapiti Mana Police have made a further arrest in connection with the murder of Kapiti man Raymond Piper.

Mr Piper went missing from Paraparaumu Beach on Saturday 15 May 2010.

Head of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam says a 17 year-old male has been arrested this morning.

"This young man was arrested in Paraparaumu and faces one charge of being a party to the murder of Raymond Piper. He will appear in the Porirua District Court this afternoon."

"The focus of this investigation remains on locating Mr Piper's body5 and returning it to his whanau, to be able to give him a final resting place," says DSS Oxnam.

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