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Auckland robberies: Liquor store targeted three times in two months

Police are investigating the attempted burglary of Noel Leeming, Mount Albert, and the burglary of Bottle-O in Three Kings overnight. Video / Hayden Woodward

The owner of an Auckland bottle shop says he feels useless after being hit by thieves three times in the space of two months.

Police were called to the Bottle-O on Duke St, Mt Roskill overnight after reporting a smash-and-grab burglary on the premises.

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Authorities and the owner, who arrived soon after, found that the entire entrance window had been smashed.

Thieves had also managed to break through a fence-like barrier.

“I’ve only owned the store for about two months now,” the owner told a photographer at the scene.

“Three times now I’ve been hit. The first time I stopped them. I don’t feel anything – just useless and frustrated.”

The damage left at the Bottle-O store on Duke St, Mt Roskill.  Photo / Hayden Woodward
The damage left at the Bottle-O store on Duke St, Mt Roskill. Photo / Hayden Woodward

The Bottle-O store on Duke St, Mt Roskill was badly damaged overnight.  Photo / Hayden Woodward
The Bottle-O store on Duke St, Mt Roskill was badly damaged overnight. Photo / Hayden Woodward

Photos show broken pieces of glass covering the floor and liquor bottles left outside.

A police spokeswoman told the Herald the incident happened around 3 a.m. and involved a group of people forcing entry into the store.

“The group took a number of items before fleeing the scene in several vehicles,” she said.

Police investigations are ongoing into the incident, but authorities are urging anyone who may have information about it to come forward.

The store owner listed some of the items and alcohol that had been taken away; including cigarettes, rum, vodka and spirits.

“I don’t leave many cigarettes in the store anymore. It’s not safe.”

The owner said he understood there was a group of four or five people involved and they had a hammer.

Epsom Dairy Ram Raid

Meanwhile, a dairy on Manukau Rd in Epsom was also damaged following another ram raid this morning.

A witness at a nearby property said Herald police showed up at the Ranfurly Dairy just before 7am.

He said a vehicle allegedly entered the store, causing damage. The witness stated that the dairy is closed as a result.

A police spokeswoman said a vehicle was used to break into the business around 5.45am.

“An unknown number of offenders took items before fleeing the scene in a vehicle.”

Anyone with information can contact the police on 105 quoting work number P050938144.
Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Second Noel Leeming store hit this week

Thieves also targeted a Noel Leeming store in Auckland overnight – the second in two days.

Police were called to the Noel Leeming St Lukes Mega store on the corner of St Lukes Rd and Wagener Place in Mt Albert, West Auckland, after reports of an attempted burglary.

It is understood the incident happened shortly after midnight.

However, the thieves were forced to leave after their attempts to break through the store’s protected windows failed. Huge bollards can also be seen outside the store, set up with the aim of stopping potential rams.

The Noel Leeming store in Mt Albert, West Auckland was targeted by thieves overnight.  Photo / Hayden Woodward
The Noel Leeming store in Mt Albert, West Auckland was targeted by thieves overnight. Photo / Hayden Woodward

A witness at the scene said it appears those involved tried to use a hammer to repeatedly strike the glass, but were unable to break it.

The photos show several attempts to break the glass completely. Although damaged, the glass panels appear to be intact.

It is the second Noel Leeming store to have been hit by would-be thieves in two days.

Burglars forced their way into the Noel Leeming shop on Pah Rd, Royal Oak at 3.10am on Wednesday, smashing the windows at the entrance.

A police spokesperson said the offenders used a vehicle to force their way through an exterior door before using tools to enter the store.

While fleeing in a vehicle, the burglars caused minor damage to a police car.

Can you help ? Anyone with information should call the police on 105 or CrimeStoppers anonymous on 0800 555 111

Raid at the Michael Hill jewelry store

Meanwhile, police say they are investigating an aggravated robbery at the Michael Hill Jewelery story on Auckland’s North Shore yesterday.

A spokesperson said they received multiple reports of an incident taking place on Hurstmere Rd around 4.20pm.

Two people carrying metal bars entered the store and smashed several windows.

“They took a number of items and decamped in a vehicle, which was later found abandoned a short distance away,” the spokesperson said.

Investigations into the incident were continuing.