Police called to several smash-and-grab incidents around the city overnight

Police are investigating an armed robbery in West Harbour, as well as the attack in Ōrākei and the smashing of shop windows in Howick.Video/New Zealand Herald

It was another night of chaos around Auckland overnight, with burglars attacking various shops around the city.

Police were called to a burglary at the Night ‘n Day store in Onehunga shortly after 1am.

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The store’s entrance and front windows were badly damaged – the person in charge left a huge hole.

It is understood that this is not the first time the store has been targeted by thieves.

The Night 'n Day store in Onehunga was attacked by thieves overnight.Photo/Hayden Woodward  Police called to several smash-and-grab incidents around the city overnight
The Night ‘n Day store in Onehunga was attacked by thieves overnight.Photo/Hayden Woodward
It was another busy night for police in Oakland.Photo/Hayden Woodward  Police called to several smash-and-grab incidents around the city overnight
It was another busy night for police in Oakland.Photo/Hayden Woodward

Earlier in the evening, police also responded to an attempted burglary at the Meadowlands shopping mall in Howick.

The event happened just before midnight.

Shortly after midnight – about 12.15am – police were called to a commercial property on Great South Road in Penrose.

There have been 129 ram attacks since May this year

The latest incident comes after Police Minister Chris Hipkins revealed yesterday that a staggering 129 attacks had taken place since May this year – almost all of them by young people under the age of 18. ongoing.

After being questioned by the Bills party in the House of Representatives yesterday, he said 38 criminals had been identified or arrested in the raid.

“Almost all of these people are under 18, and their median age is 15,” he said.

Hipkins said another 27 offenders were caught on CCTV security footage and police knew who they were.

Of the 129 recorded attacks, 84 were mostly in Oakland; the ram attack and smash-and-grab burglary traumatized business owners and workers.

RNZ reported last month that there had been a 400 per cent increase in assaults over the past five years, with 76 per cent of those arrested were under the age of 18.

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