Hammer-wielding robbers target Christchurch jewellers

Source: 1News

Hammer-wielding robbers have targeted a Christchurch jewellers in the latest brazen daylight robbery.

Merivale jewellery store robbery.

Police say three people entered the store on Papanui Road, Merivale just before midday today and stole a number of items.

"Police are in the early stages of an investigation into the incident, including conducting a scene examination," police said in a statement.

CCTV images of the alleged offenders were released by police.

It comes after a Michael Hill jewellery store was targeted by armed thieves in a smash-and-grab at an Auckland mall on Friday evening.

Police say they were called to the scene after "a number of people were seen going into a store with weapons" at Westfield Albany, on the North Shore, just before 7pm.

One witness told 1News customers were seen "running around" following the incident.