The moment three men raided a clothing store in Panmure in Auckland was captured on CCTV.
Ramraids – led by young offenders – have increased in Auckland in recent months and the government is poised to respond to the surge in dangerous crime.
The last hit was at the Big Broz clothing store just after 2am on Queens Road in Panmure.
The offenders entered the store and took “a number of items”, before fleeing, police said.
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Footage shows two men standing about 10 meters from the store as a Honda CRV travels along the road, up the curb and crashes into the storefront.
The driver then reverses, hitting a loading dock panel, before returning to the store and smashing glass and an aluminum barrier.
The footage shows the three thieves then charge the car for just over a minute, grabbing clothes, before driving off.
Police say they understand the blue Honda CRV was stolen.
Owner Bhawna Ranchhod said most of the damage caused was to the front of the store where the vehicle smashed windows and doors.
“We don’t know how we’re going to fix it.
“The main damage they caused was to the structure of the store,” she said.
Ranchhod said the thieves didn’t take much, including less than $100 when they stole the cash register, as well as a small number of t-shirts, jerseys and hoodies.
“They probably just grabbed a few things they could and then left,” she said.
She said the vehicle was now gone but also knocked out a charging sign in the street.
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A picture shows glass on the floor in front of the store and a twisted access barrier with one arm being pushed inside the store where clothes racks are knocked over.
The front step leading to the store is damaged, as well as the exterior of a window.
Big Broz has been selling men’s clothing in all sizes since 1998, but specializes in plus sizes.
Ranchhod said other shops on the street were also robbed, including a kebab shop, a DTR across the street and a mobile phone shop which was raided three months ago.
Speaking to TVNZ To eat lunch On Monday morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden agreed there had been underinvestment over decades by successive governments when it came to tackling the underlying problem of juvenile delinquency.
Ardern said there were common factors seen in juvenile delinquency, including disengagement from education, deprivation and family violence, and that “meaningful change” meant tackling these areas beyond of the criminal justice system.
When asked which part of the $562 million extra police budget announced on Sunday would target young people, Ardern mentioned a program aimed at reducing gang-related harm and another aimed at keeping people out of organized crime.
Anyone with information about the Panmure incident is asked to contact the police on 105, quoting case number 220509/1064.
Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.