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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 5 Seconds Samples Ends of Line NURSERY FURNITURE TOP BRANDS Top Brand Clothing Plus IMPORTERS SALE 23 SPRINGS RD EAST TAMAKI NEXT TO CALTEX SERVICE STATION STRICTLY TWO DAYS ONLY FRIDAY & SATURDAY OCTOBER 4 & 5 10am to 4pm CASH ONLY By CHRIS HARROWELL FOUR men with ties to a noto- rious street gang have been convicted for their parts in a crime spree that included selling illegal drugs and committing sev- eral armed robberies. Sauleao Lavea, 23, Sanerivi Tauaese, 26, and 25-year-olds Lance Deer and Benjamin Vainu were found guilty of all charges at the end of a four-week jury trial in the Manukau District Court on August 12. The men were convicted for their roles in a series of crimes committed in 2010, including two aggravated robberies in East Auck- land. They are associates of the Killer Beez gang. They’re held in police custody and due to reappear in the court to be sentenced on October 11. Lavea, Tauaese and Vainu were convicted of robbing an Armour- guard security worker at the Bank of New Zealand branch in Ti Rakau Drive, Botany, on April 14, 2010. The jury found Lavea and Tauaese guilty also of robbing an Armourguard worker at the BNZ branch in Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, on April 27, 2010. Overall, Lavea was convicted on two counts of aggravated rob- bery, two counts of unlawfully tak- ing a motor vehicle, two counts of money laundering, possession of a frearm and explosives (ammuni- tion), selling cannabis and posses- sion of cannabis for supply. Tauaese was convicted on two counts of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of money laundering. Vainu was convicted on one count of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and one count of aggra- vated robbery. Deer was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit aggra- vated robbery and one count of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. The four men lived in Otara and Mangere. An investigation into the group’s crimes was led by Counties Manu- kau Police’s major crime team. The police summary of facts in the case states the crime spree began when a Nissan Cefro vehi- cle was stolen from a property in Panmure on April 13, 2010. During the next morning, two Armourguard security workers arrived at the BNZ Botany for a cash pick-up. As they entered the bank, two men disguised in overalls with their heads and faces covered ran toward them. One of the men was carrying a pump-action shotgun. The pair grabbed a cash box from the Armourguard workers and fed in the Nissan Cefro. The cash box was empty. Police investigations turned up security camera footage of a Poly- nesian man acting suspiciously near the vehicle at the time it was stolen. The suspect was identifed by investigators as Tauaese. On April 23, Lavea and Tauaese stole a Honda Odyssey vehicle from a car park in Mt Albert. At about 8.40am on April 27, Lavea was seen driving it in Manurewa. Lavea and Tauaese carried out a second armed robbery later that day. The same Armourguard worker targeted on April 14 arrived with a colleague at the BNZ in Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, for a cash pick-up at about 10am. While returning to their van with the cash box, they were approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a pump- action shotgun. The robbers grabbed the cash box, containing more than $60,000, and fed in the stolen Honda Odys- sey, driven by a third person. On May 4, 2010, Deer stole a Mazda Lantis vehicle from a car park in Manukau. The next day, he and Lavea were seen planning to rob Armourguard security workers in Botany. Police found Deer driving the stolen vehicle in Otara, while wear- ing surgical gloves on his hands. He had with him a bag contain- ing more gloves, a black balaclava face mask and glass methampheta- mine (P) pipe. Following the armed robbery in Flat Bush on April 27, Lavea and Tauaese paid $12,000 cash for an Audi motor vehicle. Lavea spent more than $10,000 buying a Holden Commodore. On May 13, 2010, police exe- cuted a search warrant at Lavea’s Otara home. Found at the property was a shotgun and two shotgun rounds, as well as blue overalls similar to those used in the robbery in Bot- any on April 14. Uncovered at Lavea’s house also were four bags of cannabis, 23 can- nabis “tinnies” and $60 cash. Detective sergeant John Love, of Counties Manukau Police’s major crime team, was involved with the investigation into the group’s crime spree. He says: “The guilty verdicts were a great result for the team. “We had a lot of victims involved with these crimes and they were quite relieved these offenders were convicted. “This has given them some clo- sure.” Spree ends in conviction CRIME SCENE: Left, police investigators were called to the Bank of New Zealand branch in Ti Rakau Drive, Botany, after it was robbed by armed men in April 2010; right, two of the men who robbed the BNZ Botany on April 14, 2010, were filmed by security camera.. Times photo Wayne Martin / Photo supplied Classic play gets updated F ➤ romPage1 “There’s romance, lots of dancing and a sword fght that’s quite intense, and then it’s all lovely and happy in the end.” Playing the Beast character is actor and Macleans College pupil Jehangir Homavazir. The 14-year-old says he’s enjoying taking on such a complex role. “I like that Beast is a very aggressive and ferce person,” says Jehangir. “He really hates himself, so he’s an interesting character to play. When Beauty comes in, she softens him up. “She accepts him for who he is and looks past his whiskers and hair. She’s such a sweet person.” Playing Beauty is 15-year-old actress Brooke Stevenson. “It’s quite easy playing someone who’s so nice,” says the Macleans College student. “She’s passionate about things such as roses and fowers, and if someone says something she doesn’t like she just takes it. Beauty can also be fery. If she doesn’t want to do something, she won’t do it. She isn’t a pushover.” Howick Children’s and Youth ■ Theatre’s production of the play Beauty and the Beast is staged until October 6 at Harlequin Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road. Shows are at 1pm and 4pm from today until Saturday and at 1pm on Sunday. Tickets cost $8. To book, phone 537-4943, or send an email to email@example.com. Haere mai A WELCOME home event for Emirates Team New Zealand is held tomorrow at Queens Wharf. Mayor Len Brown says the Auckland Council has had “overwhelming feedback” from the public that they want to acknowledge Team New Zealand’s recent yachting endeavours in the America’s and Louis Vuitton Cups in San Francisco. “While we didn’t win, we showed why New Zealand is among the best sailing nations, both for the innovation in building our boats, and the skill of our sailors.” Team NZ will be welcomed at Shed 10 at midday. Doors open at 11.30am and spaces are limited.
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