Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Suspects referred to Youth Aid after bakery, vape store, targeted

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Pakuranga Bakery in Ti Rakau Drive was damaged during a ram-raid burglary on December 3. Times photo Wayne Martin

An east Auckland bakery and vape store are the latest targets of thieves who appear to believe they have the right to help themselves to other people’s property.

Detective Inspector Shaun Vickers, of Counties Manukau Police’s criminal investigation branch, says officers responded to reports of an alleged burglary at a commercial address in Springs Road, East Tamaki, at about 11.25pm on Sunday, December 3.

A group of people had broken the front door of the Dark Vapes store, which has been previously targeted by burglars on multiple occasions.

“Despite the initial damage, those involved were unable to gain entry and returned to their vehicle before leaving the address,” Vickers says.

“Police understand the same group has been responsible for both incidents,” Vickers says.

Dark Vapes in East Tamaki was damaged during an attempted break-in the same night. Times photo Wayne Martin

“Four people have since been referred to Youth Aid.”

Police will not tolerate such careless behaviour in the community, Vickers says.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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