$50,000 worth of clothes stolen in ram raid near Auckland airport

Around $50,000 worth of clothing stolen from a shop raided by youths near Auckland Airport early Saturday morning was recovered by police.

A group of youths drove a car through the store’s front doors around 3.20am on Saturday.

1News understands that the store is the Icebreaker outlet and that bollards were installed a few years ago, but the car managed to bypass them and enter the store.

The store manager says CCTV shows the alleged violators rammed the entrance four to five times before it gave way.

The young people took clothes before fleeing in a second car.

This car was later spotted speeding down the Southwest Freeway by a police officer. The car received the signal to stop but did not. He was not prosecuted.

The car was later found crushed through a school fence on Bader Drive, Māngere. One of the alleged perpetrators was located a short distance away with a broken leg. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

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The other occupants of the car managed to escape.

Clothes stolen from the store were found in the wrecked car, police said.

“Investigations are underway to locate four other youths involved in the burglary,” a police spokesman said.

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The early morning ram raid comes after a series of similar incidents in Auckland and across the North Island involving several teenagers.

Police said social media is a key driver behind the spike in ram raids across the country.

Detective Inspector Karen Bright told reporters on Wednesday that offenders as young as 11 were posting their exploits online.

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