At least two ram raids meant a busy night for authorities in Auckland.
Police were called to a ram raid incident at a fruit and vegetable shop - Huapai Fresh Mart - on Main Rd, in Huapai, late last night.
A white car had been used to smash through the doors, causing damage to the store’s front entrance.
A police spokesman said they received a report that a vehicle had been used to get into a commercial premises in Huapai just before 10.30pm.
“No offenders have been located at the scene and inquiries into[the] incident are ongoing.”
Police were also called to a ram raid incident at the Chartwell Food Centre and vape store, on Chartwell Avenue, in Glenfield just before 1am today.
A senior police officer said at the scene that several youths had been arrested, as a result, after they fled the scene. They were found in Glen Eden, West Auckland, the officer said.
A police spokesman later added that the Police Eagle helicopter spotted the vehicle involved in the area.
Police hunting others involved
It sped off “at pace” before getting off and returning on State Highway 1 and 16 motorways numerous times.
“It has finally exited SH16 at Massey and several offenders have got out of the car and into a second waiting car, with the cars then proceeding in opposite directions.
“Eagle has maintained observations on the vehicles and three youth offenders have eventually been taken into custody, while a number remain at large.”
Police said there are charges pending for three people, while inquiries are ongoing to find the others.