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A car was used to smash through the entrance of Meadowbank Shopping Centre in a jewellery heist
A car was used to smash through the entrance of Meadowbank Shopping Centre in a jewellery heist

Ram raid jewellery burglaries catch on in NZ

A New Zealand jewellery store has been robbed in a ram raid attack, only months after three similar incidents occurred in Australia.

The theft occurred at around 3am last week at Brownsons Jewellers, located in the Meadowbank Shopping Centre in Auckland.

Store manager Suresh Raniga confirmed to Jeweller that two masked men armed with a crowbar and shovel used a car to smash through the entrance of the shopping complex before using bolt cutters to gain access to the jewellery store. 

According to Raniga, jewellery and a rotating stand of watches were taken, but the total value of stolen goods was still being calculated.

Raniga also noted the most recent incident marked the third time the store had been targeted by thieves.

The news comes after similar reports of a string of car ram raid attacks that occurred in Australia in March and April this year. Two Canberra incidents, believed to be linked, took place within a day of each other at the Kippax Fair and Gungahlin Village shopping complexes.

Not long after, another thief also used a car in a smash-and-grab jewellery burglary in the Perth-based Cockburn Gateway Shopping City.

Raniga said the recent looting of his store was captured on CCTV and that the footage had been given to the police, however, at the time of publication, no arrests had been made.

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