Watch: Auckland petrol station ram-raided In the early hours

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Ploughing your car through a glass door isn’t exactly a subtle way to arrive at the petrol station you’re about to rob.

Neither is the launching yourself at the plastic barrier guarding the counter to rip it down before crawling over the bench.

And yet the five men – two clad In high vis jackets – left the Chartwell Gas outlet carrying boxes of stolen cigarettes, their makeshift cloth masks sliding down their chins.

Police say multiple people were involved in the two incidents.
Police say multiple people were involved In the two incidents.

The Glenfield petrol station was ram-raided In the early hours of Thursday morning, before a nearby dairy was also targeted.

Three separate vehicles were involved In the robbery – with one of the trio left wedged through the storefront as the offenders fled.

A police spokeswoman said another store along Chartwell Ave was also ram-raided after the Gas station, which was struck shortly after 1.30am.

“Multiple offenders were involved In each incident,” she said.

“The offenders then fled the scene In another vehicle.”

A nearby businesses was also ram-raided following the Gas station robbery.
A nearby businesses was also ram-raided following the Gas station robbery.

Police were following strong lines of inquiry into the offenders involved, she said.

The Gas station owner said his family arrived to find the wrecked store this morning and had spent all of Thursday cleaning up the smashed store.

He told the Herald they were still determining how many cigarettes had been taken In the robbery.

“I wanted to get the word out that this happened, because there’s a lot of other stores In the area,” he said.

It was the second time In a year that someone had tried to force their way into the store, with the previous incident around seven months ago.

His father said the robbery was especially frustrating as the store had only recently been renovated.

Police say they are following strong lines of inquiry into the offenders involved. Photo / Supplied
Police say they are following strong lines of inquiry into the offenders involved. Photo / Supplied
Can you help? Anyone with information is the asked to contact the Waitemata Crime Squad on 09 839 0697, quoting file number 200730/7201.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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