Had an interesting experience.
Picked up a bloke hitch-hiking a couple of weeks ago, and gave him a lift from Renwick to Nelson.
He claimed to be the head of cameras for the BBC, who had decided to try and meet some interesting New Zealanders by hitching around.
I let him out at Nelson, and offered him accommodation if he got to Kaikoura.
About a week later he showed up, and the story got more and more complex.
When we went to Christchurch to pick up Jewelia last night, we can back home to a note saying his daughter was injured in a car accident and he had to go back to Ireland.
Various aspects of the story didn’t sound quite right, so I started seriously checking some of the things I could, and within a couple of hours became confident that he was a conman, and contacted the police. He was known to them, with an outstanding warrant for fraud.
He claimed to be James Power, a NZ Maori by blood adopted at birth to an Irish couple and raised in Ireland as Irish.
He claimed to have lost his wife Jenny O’Reilly (or Jenny O’Rielly or Jennifer O’Reilly – daughter of Tony O’Reilly) to cancer last year, to be Head of Cameras for the BBC, on sabbatical for a year, and many other fabrications that sounded plausible at the time, because some aspects of them were real.
Here’s a couple of photos of him.
He has got our company car, a gold Ford Laser 1.5GL hatch (PE6658), and who knows what else.
Beware of him.
He is a very likeable rogue.
Could make a great living as a story teller.
I have reported him to the police and hope to get my car back eventually.