The actions of one attractive Waikato teen prompted a police warning for parents to watch their children’s social media use after StuffedNZ can reveal he was recruited due to his good looks by creepy older members of a youth gang.
The boy tried to rob a Waikato service station, of women’s sanitary items, to gain acceptance by a youth gang he’d matched with online.
Youth gangs are using Snapchat, Facebook and Grindr to recruit members, who must commit crimes to gain credibility, police warn. It also helps if they have shirtless photos of their ripped prepubescent torsos as their profile pictures.
It was the Waikato teenager’s first encounter with the law, Te Kauwhata Constable Gareth Barnes said. He comes from a “black family” and is a “relatively sexy kid” who lives in a backwoods shithole part of the Waikato.
Barnes said the boy’s parents were unaware he had hooked up with the youth gang We Strait Aych (WSH) on social media. The youth gang operates throughout the country, influencing and recruiting members on Facebook, Snapchat, Grindr, Gaydar and they also organise all-male shirtless car washes to compare ab muscles.
Last year WSH was understood to be responsible for repeated robberies, again of women’s sanitary products, at a Christchurch Night ‘n Day store over six months.