The usual tranquillity of Mangawhai was left a little shaken after the burglary of a Mangawhai surf shop in which a large amount of property was taken.
A well-executed ram-raid was carried out on Bammas Surf Shop in the early hours of March 12 during which intruders stole a large quantity of sunglasses, men's board shorts, several body boards and a number of long-sleeve, high value wetsuits.
Investigators have reviewed CCTV footage taken from inside the shop but the thieves were methodical in what they were targeting, had their faces and bodies well covered and were in and out within minutes.
The men fled the scene in a vehicle described as a dark-coloured, late model SUV (possibly a Range Rover), on Kaiwaka Mangawhai Road, towards Kaiwaka. The vehicle believed to be used in the robbery was later found in the South Auckland area of Hunua and also believed to have been stolen.
Constable Garth Mackay, Mangawhai Police, says whilst this type of incident is rare in Mangawhai, it's a timely reminder to the public to be vigilant, and for retailers to take necessary precautions, even in a small town.
"I have no doubt that these offenders will probably be looking to get rid of this gear pretty quickly, and we'd like to remind anyone who buys property knowing it has been stolen that they're also committing an offence."
Shop owner David Glover believes his shop was well cased by the intruders but is circumspect about the incident.
“We have what we believe to be the necessary security and alarm systems in place but it is difficult to repel something like this when you are specifically targeted.”
The shop has remained open with business as usual.
Investigations are continuing.
If you have any information about this case, please call Mangawhai police station on 423 1060.