Ram raiders busted

A stolen vehicle was driven into the glass doors of Whitford’s BP on Sunday. Photo Zach Eyre

Police have made arrests following a smash-and-grab at the Whitford BP petrol station at the weekend.

Four offenders arrived at the Whitford service station in two stolen vehicles at approximately 1:40am on Sunday morning.

The driver of one vehicle drove into the front door smashing the glass doors. The store was closed at the time.

“Some items were taken before leaving the store and getting into the second vehicle,” police told the Times.

A member of the public witnessed the incident and notified police.

“Police located the vehicle but it fled for some time from Clevedon and eventually stopped in St Heliers.” police said.

The occupants were arrested.

Two adults were charged with burglary and unlawful taking of a vehicle. Two youths were referred to youth aid.

A 25-year-old is on bail, due to appear in Manukau District Court on October 24. He also faces charges for driving dangerously and failing to stop for police. A 21-year-old is remanded in custody, due to appear in Manukau District Court today.

It’s the second incident in around a month.

On September 2, police were called at around 3.30am by someone who had witnessed people attempting to break in via the front door. Police attended and discovered that the bottom window of the front door had been smashed. The offenders had taken ice cream and other food items.