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Auckland Police are investigating whether two Newmarket Partridge Jewelers ram raids were linked

Vaseline 2 months ago

Police are investigating whether the two ram raids at Partridge Jewelers in Newmarket Mall in just over a week are linked as staff once again collect the pieces.

Police confirmed they responded to reports of a group of four people wearing masks entering the store on Broadway at around 7.30pm last night.

“It is apparent that the group took a number of items before leaving in a vehicle,” police said in a statement.

“The vehicle believed to have been involved was abandoned a short distance away in Maranui St and has since been towed away for further investigation.

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“Investigations are underway to understand the full circumstances of what happened and a scene investigation is being completed this morning.

The facade of Partridge Jewelers in Newmarket Mall has been boarded up after two ram raids in just over a week.
The facade of Partridge Jewelers in Newmarket Mall has been boarded up after two ram raids in just over a week.

Police said they were also continuing to investigate a ram raid at the same location on April 12 and other recent jewelry store robberies.

“Although no arrests have been made at this stage, the investigation team is working through a number of lines of inquiry.

“As part of this, we are keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents may be related.”

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Black security screens remained in place this morning, covering the entrance to the store in the mall as police and staff worked inside.

Several police officers could be seen walking in and out of the store carrying items in clear plastic bags, while one officer took photos of the outside of the store where the smashed window had been boarded up with wood panels.

Shattered glass from broken cabinets could be seen scattered on the floor near the store’s entrance.

Broken glass cabinets could be seen from the entrance to Partridge Jewelers in Newmarket Mall, Auckland.
Broken glass cabinets could be seen from the entrance to Partridge Jewelers in Newmarket Mall, Auckland.

The Herald has reached out to Westfield and Partridge Jewelers for comment.

On April 12, employees at the Partridge Jewelers Newmarket store had to flee to a locked back room after a group raided the store and began destroying cabinets and stealing expensive pieces.

Staff were closing the store around 8.55pm when a stolen Toyota Aqua was reversed into the store.

“The employees locked themselves in a back room while six offenders, whose faces were covered, began breaking cabinets and taking jewelry,” said Detective Sergeant Joseph Niupopo.

The criminals used hammers and tire levers to smash the cabinets before making off with a “large amount of high-end jewellery”.

Video obtained by the Herald showed masked thieves in the store, loading bags of goods. A white vehicle can be seen parked on the sidewalk in front of the jewelry stores.

Police found the abandoned Toyota a short distance away, with some of the stolen goods still inside.

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