CCTV shows cars driving through Auckland Mall in ram raid
The Ram-raiders smashed their way through an Auckland shopping mall, before smashing through the mall and crashing into Postie and Noel Leeming stores.
CCTV footage from a store inside the mall shows a dozen people running through the mall and three cars driving past the stores.
“The behavior and manner of driving of the offenders endangered the security and cleaning staff working in the shopping complex at the time,” a police spokesman said.
Three stolen vehicles were used in the raid at the Ormiston Shopping Center around 1.10am on Tuesday, a police spokesman said.
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Multiple offenders entered three stores and stole a number of electronic devices and clothing, they said.
At least five stores and two mall entrances were damaged. Wooden planks have been erected at one of the entrances.
The rams’ driving endangered security and cleaning staff working at the mall, before fleeing in two of the stolen cars, police said.
Contractors are currently working to repair the damage and cover the damaged mall entrances.
The Noel Leeming store appears to have suffered significant damage. Inside, broken electronics can be seen strewn across the floor, including a broken TV.
The neighboring store, Postie, has two large damaged shutters. There appears to be little damage inside the store.
The Ram-raiders smashed their way through an Auckland shopping mall, before smashing through the mall and ramming into Postie and Noel Leeming.
A large table outside the New World can be seen from the side with yellow tape around it.
Police are investigating the incident and reviewing CCTV footage.
This incident comes after a spike in ram raids in Auckland city. Most Aries writers are under the age of 17.
Louis Vuitton and Gucci stores in Auckland were raided on April 11 and a dairy has been hit four times this year.
This is the fourth ram raid at the Ormiston Mall in just over a year. Three out of four raids targeted Noel Leeming.
The third ram attack happened three weeks ago.
Purvi Killa’s store, Christies Jewelers, had about $6,000 in stolen goods
“They smashed the car through the back entrance and removed the black shuttered doors. Everything was a mess… The mall hired the police, and we found out the next morning.
“We were shocked when we found out. We heard about the ram raid across Auckland. They are so common here,” she said.
Killa said she was now afraid to work in her store.
“They can also come during the day… They are all school children, young boys,” she said.
The owners of Ormiston Shopping Center said they were concerned about increasing ram raids across Auckland and are working with police.
A business owner, who Thing agreed not to name, complained that the mall placed concrete plant pots outside the mall entrance instead of concrete bollards.
“Someone could just come and pick up the potted plants and move them around. That’s ridiculous,” they said.