CCTV shows cars driving through mall during raid in Auckland
Dramatic CCTV footage shows three cars driving through a South Auckland shopping center during an overnight ramming raid.
Three retail stores were raided in downtown Ormiston early Tuesday morning.
CCTV footage shows three vehicles driving through the mall, joined by a dozen other robbers on foot.
A silver car can be seen knocking over a table outside the 2degrees store before exiting the firing line, and is closely followed by eight thieves.
Another silver car follows them before a blue car stops outside the store, allowing five more thieves to exit and continue on foot.
Police said a number of electronic and clothing items were taken during the raid around 1:10 a.m.
“The behavior and conduct of the offenders endangered the security and cleaning staff working in the shopping complex at the time,” a police spokesperson told 1News.
No one was injured during the accident.
The attackers fled in two of the stolen vehicles.
Police said investigations were ongoing and CCTV footage was being reviewed.
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A spokesperson for Ormiston Town Center told 1News: ‘The owners of the center are concerned about the increase in incidents across Auckland and are tightening security measures at the centre.
“We are working with the police who are investigating the incident.”
A mall manager, whose store was targeted in a previous robbery, told 1News she saw CCTV footage that appears to show 16 youths robbing shops.
Another store manager said the mall had been hit by ram attacks four times and there was only one security person in the evening.
Both traders expressed their frustration with the direction of the center.
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Howick Local Council chairwoman Adele White says it’s disappointing it’s happening again.
“It is incredibly sad to hear that these companies have fallen victim to this vicious and destructive behavior,” she told 1News.
“I was part of the long-awaited opening of downtown Ormiston last year, and I know how much business owners have invested in making it a great place for locals.”