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This be it.        But I think we might be all getting a bit cynical here.( regarding the Birdsall) If you think about it , trawling adds on trademe would be a good way to find a suitable boat

I'm guessing someone's looked under where it was moored?

Didn't BoBo find the boon on barrier somewhere?

That's not good for recovery potential. I was wondering why anyone would steal such a distinctive boat on the basis that they must have wanted the boat for lifestyle.

If they're on the run they've just stolen it for transport and they'll probably discard it when they're where they want to be.

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 That's a bit spooky. Teach me for asking!

 

This morning, Detective Mark Colmer said police were investigating whether Bennett and Wright were linked to the theft of a 14-metre cruising cutter called Harlech (registration 395083), which was stolen from Opua in the Bay of Islands on February 3.

The boat was suitable for travelling in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean, he said.

"If someone was trying to… escape New Zealand, it's the perfect vessel for that.

"We are looking into any possible link."

Kaikohe police were keeping Christchurch detectives looking for Bennett and Wright "in the loop" as their investigation progressed, Colmer said.

The last confirmed sighting of Bennett was in Nelson on June 3 last year. Prior to that, he had been seen selling cars in Auckland and Dunedin.

There have been no confirmed sightings of Wright since a fraud complaint was lodged with police on May 10.

Bennett and Wright had been living at a $900-a-week, three-bedroom rental property in Christchurch until they told their landlord they were going on holiday about May 6.

Jacomb spoke to Bennett shortly before then and queried him about invoices he suspected had been digitally manipulated.

Police made their first public appeal for information about the couple in connection with an ongoing fraud investigation on June 7.

Bennett was born in Waikato and has a long reported history of eluding police.

He once talked his way into becoming the helicopter pilot for Hollywood actor Russell Crowe. However, he was later found to have no pilot's licence.

Police said Bennett had used fake passports and at least 15 different aliases. He and Wright were also known to change their appearance.

An investigation by The Press found police may have come face-to-face with the pair a number of times in Australia and New Zealand in recent years.

On once occasion, Bennett was pulled over during a roadside breath-test in Tauranga but slipped through undetected, a source confirmed.

The couple have spent time in Nelson, Wanaka and Christchurch since 2011 – trading in Rolex watches online and often through Trade Me.

In each location, they lived in high-end rental accommodation and were able to avoid paying a bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on (03) 3637400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

ALSO KNOWN AS

Paul James Bennett's known aliases: Paul James Williams, David Kite, Dennis Kite, Paul Lochead, David Hanson.

Simone Anne Wright's known aliases: Sarah Kite, Sarah Shaw, Simone Thalia Williams, Simone Thalia Wright. 

 - The Press

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Clutching at straws I think unless there is a reason to link the two stories that the police are keeping quiet. There has been no sight of the pair for 8 months. Nobody knows where they are or even if they are in the country. 

 

I'd think the boat has either headed straight out or straight down. Very unlikely to be sitting up the coast somewhere, very distinctive and too many eyes

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Clutching at straws I think unless there is a reason to link the two stories that the police are keeping quiet. There has been no sight of the pair for 8 months. Nobody knows where they are or even if they are in the country. 

 

I'd think the boat has either headed straight out or straight down. Very unlikely to be sitting up the coast somewhere, very distinctive and too many eyes

Agree. These scumbag are offshore / in Aussie and the boat sunk/abandoned.

 

Pity there is no AIS tracker on her.

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