Another night of ram raids, including a robbery at the upscale Ponsonby store

Other ram raids and other burglaries were reported around Auckland overnight. Video / Provided

Three people have been arrested after a series of crimes in Auckland last night including ram raids, burglaries and attempted burglaries.

The Huffer clothing store in Ponsonby Rd ​​was on the overnight robbery list with up to $20,000 worth of luxury clothing stolen.

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It is understood the entrance to the store was broken into around 2.30am and a number of items of clothing were stolen.

Kate Berry, Huffer’s manager, told the Herald it was the fourth burglary at Huffer this year.

“About $15,000 to $20,000 [was stolen] – and it happens every time.”

She says the burglaries are the result of a fractured society and changes need to be made.

“Fundamentally, we need to put more energy into young people – parents need to take more responsibility and responsibility for where their children are. They need to parent, and parent responsibly, and schools need the power to help children and young people who need help.”

Berry was unsure whether the burglary involved adults or teenagers, but said if she could speak to those involved, she would ask them if they would like her to do the same to them.

“If they were teenagers, I would say ‘I think you can do better with your life’.”

Berry also praised the efforts of the police, saying they attended the call within minutes – beating Huffer’s own security guard at the scene.

The Huffer store in Ponsonby was targeted overnight.  Photo / Hayden Woodward
The Huffer store in Ponsonby was targeted overnight. Photo / Hayden Woodward

Footage shows the front doors smashed as a large padlock hangs from the handle. Glass litters the storefront as well as inside.

The vehicle in which the attackers were seen left the area and was later located by police near Newton.

Police remind anyone who knowingly or recklessly purchases or receives stolen items that they are committing an offense and may be subject to prosecution.

The Night of Chaos kicked off in West Auckland with two ram raids before midnight.

The first of the raids targeted the Harvey Norman store in Massey’s Westgate shopping complex, where a vehicle was used to crash into the store front and then left at the scene as the alleged offenders fled in two other vehicles.

Police are still investigating what may have been stolen.

Several shop windows were smashed and it is understood that several electronic items were also taken during the smash and grab incident.

Damage to the Harvey Norman at Westgate.  Photo / Hayden Woodward
Damage to the Harvey Norman at Westgate. Photo / Hayden Woodward

A photographer told the Herald that police could be seen standing guard and scanning the area. The incident happened around 11:30 p.m.

These vehicles were then used to crash into the front of a liquor store in Titirangi, where the alleged perpetrators stole liquor.

A witness said broken liquor bottles were strewn across the parking lot.

The Titirangi Village Wine & Spirits liquor store was one of many stores targeted overnight.  Photo / Hayden Woodward
The Titirangi Village Wine & Spirits liquor store was one of many stores targeted overnight. Photo / Hayden Woodward

One of the cars was found in Glen Eden and police dogs tracked a scent to a nearby property where police arrested two people over unrelated matters.

As investigations continued early in the morning, two other men aged 18 and 19 were arrested during the raids.

They will appear in Waitākere District Court later today, and police cannot rule out further arrests.

Further south in Manukau Counties, police are investigating a foiled burglary attempt at a phone retailer in Takanini.

At 12:40 p.m., criminals broke a window to enter the store.
However, the store had a fog cannon installed, which meant that their attempts were futile and they were forced to leave empty-handed.

Although no theft has occurred, police are investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact them on 105.

Also in Auckland City, police arrested a 28-year-old man on outstanding burglary cases after a burglary was reported at a house on Olsen Ave in Hillsborough.

When police showed up at the address a car leaving it did not stop – police did not pursue the vehicle but it crashed near Mount Roskill and the man was followed by a police dog to an address on Mount Albert where he was arrested.

Investigations are continuing into the burglary.

Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Chambers said the three arrests are a sign of police commitment.

“These results reflect our staff’s commitment to multiple night shifts, including our front line staff, dog handlers and investigation staff.”

The incidents follow a series of ram raids and smash-and-grab burglaries in and around the country, particularly in Auckland, in recent months.

A number of incidents involved children or young adolescents.

South Auckland Police are continuing to search for at least four people linked to reported ram raids in the area last month.

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