A teenager who swiped singing sensation Justin Bieber's hat from off his head at Auckland airport last night and held it ransom (for a hug) has returned the prized possession to him.
Emah Hira Matiu, 17, from Hamilton admitted stealing the Canadian teen singer's hat when he arrived in the country late last night.
Police say she could have faced charges if a complaint was made.
"I just reached my hand through a massive crowd of screaming teenage girls and big arse police guys and took it right off his head...then shoved it down my shirt ...got trampled...and then I ran away," she says.
Losing his favourite cap was something of a shock for Bieber who complained about it on Twitter.
"Finally got to New Zealand last night," Bieber told his two
million-plus followers on Twitter.
"The airport was crazy. Not happy that someone stole my hat and knocked down my mama. Come on people... I want to be able to sign and take pics and meet my fans but if you are all pushing security won't let me."
Matiu said she tweeted Bieber to tell him the fate of his hat and that it would be given back in return for a hug.
"I do know that I have technically stolen it," she said. "But he's a celebrity and this is what you get for being famous...kinda comes with the deal...we didn't mean to upset him, all we wanted was a hug."
However, after a night of sleeping with it, her conscience set in and she decided to return the hat, handing it over to Bieber's management.
"It's great that they did the right thing and turned it in," says Bieber.
So in the end, there was to be no hug or photo but the girls didn't give up that easy.
They left a note in the hat which read: Hey Justin - so sorry for stealing the hat - it just happened in the excitement - you can have it back - we kept good care of it - hope NZ is treating you well - love you lots Emah and Becky.
"We've left our phone number our email and our Twitter address ( in the note). He might call us&there's a little sparkle of hope," says Emah.
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