Jewelery raids: Police make 14 arrests in Auckland and Waikato

Fourteen youths have been arrested in Auckland and Waikato for their alleged involvement in a string of recent robberies – including the broad daylight robbery of a jewelry store in Hamilton on Sunday.

Auckland Police have apprehended six people following an aggravated robbery at a shopping complex in St Lukes last week.

The ‘Operation Rhino’ investigation team arrested and charged an 18-year-old man and five youths on Monday night for their involvement in an aggravated robbery of a retail store in the St Lukes complex on Tuesday September 20.

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These six alleged perpetrators, along with two other youths, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery after the group was located by police in two vehicles in East Auckland on Monday night.

A quantity of jewelry and other items were found by the investigation team during a subsequent search of the vehicles.

One of those arrested in East Auckland last night has been charged with the aggravated robbery of Michael Hill Jeweler at The Base in Hamilton on Sunday.

24092022 News Photo: Supplied/STUFF Flight to base

MARK TAYLOR/Waikato Times

24092022 News Photo: Supplied/STUFF Flight to base

The eight alleged offenders arrested overnight will appear in Auckland District Court and juvenile courts respectively in due course.

Another alleged young offender has already been charged with his involvement in the case, which is currently in youth court.

Investigations are ongoing into other aggravated robberies and burglaries across Tāmaki Makaurau which police allege the group is responsible for.

Meanwhile, six youths have been arrested following a robbery at a Hamilton bottle store.

Police were called to the store on Borman Road in Flagstaff around 6:50 p.m. Monday to reports that the store had been burglarized.

The offenders had entered the store on foot, armed with weapons including machetes, tire irons and screwdrivers.

They threatened the traders with weapons and fled in two vehicles. Vehicles were not used to enter the store.

One of the vehicles was seen shortly afterwards by police personnel on Hukanui Rd, before being found on Chedworth Pl.

Officers quickly set up cordons and quickly located the six people believed to have been involved in the theft, from both vehicles.

Some of the weapons were inside the vehicles and another in a nearby garden.

Two of the youths were scheduled to appear in Hamilton Youth Court on Tuesday, while the other four are due in court on Wednesday.

Police said they still want to hear from anyone with information, including footage of the incidents.

People can do this by calling the police on 105 or online at , using ‘Update my report’ referring to case number 220920/9009.

Photos or videos can be uploaded via this online portal: they can also be emailed to the dedicated Operation Rhino email address: [email protected]

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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