Crime in the City: Lockdown robbery – Auckland vape shop ram raided months after opening

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Vapeys Vape Store in Panmure, Auckland was raided overnight. Photo / Supplied

Staff at an Auckland vaping store that had been open for less than three months are in shock after being raided by a ram overnight.

CCTV footage shows five people wearing hoodies and black clothes stealing hundreds of products and an unknown amount of money from the Vapeys Vape store in Panmure after driving a car through the glass entrance.

They first tried to break in using a weapon to open the door, but that didn’t work, store manager Guna told the Herald.

The car was overturned in the glass entrance of the Vapeys Vape store in Panmure, Auckland.  Photo / Supplied
The car was overturned in the glass entrance of the Vapeys Vape store in Panmure, Auckland. Photo / Supplied

“They had a key or something, but it didn’t work, so they flipped their car over in the store. It all happened within minutes.

“We have all the glass cabinets, they started to smash everything and they took as many as they could.”

Burglars can be seen filling bags with items from shelves amid shards of glass from broken cabinets in the robbery which took place around 4 a.m.

Someone nearby heard the alarm and called the police, Guna said.

Guna woke up to the bad news during a phone call from her boss early this morning.

“All [was] scattered … glass was everywhere, “he said.

“Most products can’t even use them now because… they contain glass particles. “

He said the Herald Police forensic staff were conducting an examination of the premises today and that he now needed to clean the store.

It is believed that hundreds of products were stolen and cash.  Photo / Supplied
It is believed that hundreds of products were stolen and cash. Photo / Supplied

Due to the current Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Guna said he will have to do it alone as staff want to keep the bubble small.

He said he was worried about being cut by the glass because the store, which he tried to keep clean every day, is “completely screwed up. [up]”.

“Everyone feels so sad, so bad, and no one can even come in … because most of our employees are from the North Shore.”

Vapeys Vape Store in Panmure was destroyed by thieves just months after opening.  Photo / Supplied
Vapeys Vape Store in Panmure was destroyed by thieves just months after opening. Photo / Supplied

Guna said this was the first incident at the store, but one of their sister stores, Birkenhead Suprette, suffered a burglary last week.

Vapeys Vape Store is a chain that has locals on the North Auckland Coast, but it was the first building in East Auckland.

Police said they received a report of a burglary at a store on Jellicoe Rd at around 4:35 a.m. Thursday, where a window was smashed and a number of items stolen.

Police spoke to the store owner and conducted a number of investigations to identify and locate those responsible, including examining CCTV footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 105 citing file number 210826/9255.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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