A group of seven offenders have smashed in the windows of an Auckland petrol station with hammers before making off with cash and cigarettes.
Police are still at the Z petrol station in Westgate, and it is closed to the public.
A police spokeswoman said the store was robbed by a group of seven offenders at 3.19am today.
One staff member was there at the time but is not hurt.
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"The offenders were in two vehicles and came and took cigarettes and cash. Members of the public saw it and called the police."
A police spokeswoman said the offenders were all males but their age was not yet known.
"Police are following strong lines of inquiries," she said.
Police are carrying out a scene examination and are following up several leads.