Security and cleaning staff working in a mall were put in peril as three stolen vehicles drove into east Auckland's Ormiston Town Centre shopping centre during a daring overnight ram raid.
Police said numerous offenders entered three stores in the Flat Bush complex about 1.10am, taking a number of electronic items and clothing.
"The offenders' behaviour and manner of driving endangered security and cleaning staff working in the retail complex at the time," said a spokesperson.
The group fled in two of the stolen vehicles.
Police were now investigating the raid, including reviewing CCTV footage, said the spokesperson.
Shattered glass and twisted metal were left behind. Noel Leeming was one of those targeted.
A man at the scene said empty iPad and microwave oven boxes were strewn outside the electronics store, and a "massive" television had been broken. Shattered glass was everywhere, he said.
A Postie worker spoken to by the Herald said damage to the store was minimal, and they believed those involved may have mistaken the shop's red branding for the technology and appliance shop next door.
"Just our door [was damaged], they must have thought we were Noel Leeming."
The stores are beside each other on the Bellingham Rd side of the mall.
A tow truck was also at the scene.
The Herald understands young people used the vehicles to smash through an entrance to the Ormiston mall before driving through the retail complex and ram-raiding the stores.
Police appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 105, quoting P050366870 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.