North Shore vape shop ransacked amid string of overnight burglaries

Source: 1News

A number of Auckland businesses have been hit in smash-and-grab attacks overnight.

In South Auckland a Kiwibank/ Post Shop in Ōtara and a Liquorland in Takanini were hit, while on the North Shore, a vape shop in Birkenhead was also targeted.

Police also said an allegedly stolen Mazda Demio was located near the Liquorland burglary on Great South Rd.

Two males aged 15 and 18 will appear in Manukau Youth Court charged with burglary and unlawfully getting into a vehicle.

"Police are also investigating overnight burglaries at commercial premises in Howick, Ōtara and Manukau."

Police said they found a tool at the Birkenhead incident which is believed to have been used to gain entry.

A stolen white Toyota Aqua was seen leaving the scene.

Vape2Go owner Ying Wang estimates stock worth $5000 was taken. The company's head of operations said it's the second store that's been vandalised in a week.

It comes after police announced a new national retail investigation support unit (NRISU) in November, to address concerns raised by the retail sector which reports growing concerns over retail offending.

READ MORE: Govt announces $6m to help ram-raided businesses

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the AM Show on Monday that more than 30 people had been caught and 200 charges laid so far, after the establishment unit targeting ram-raids and smash-and-grabs.

But Dairy and Business Owners Group Chair Sunny Kaushal told 1News he doesn’t think the Prime Minister has accepted there is a serious problem, and that there needs to be more resource given to police to tackle the issue.

“There is a crime emergency in New Zealand and it needs a national discussion. The Government needs to acknowledge there is a serious problem,” he said.

He is organising a public meeting involving mayoral candidates on the issue.

He said four candidates had already been in touch with him regarding policies they would bring in relation to reducing Auckland crime.

On Saturday afternoon, armed robbers hit the high-end watch store The Hourglass on Auckland's Queen St.