Waikato Police investigating three burglaries at commercial premises in Hamilton overnight would like to hear from anyone with information.
At around 3.55am, two vehicles – a Toyota Corolla and white Nissan Tiida drove up to a block of shops on Silverdale Road.
A group of offenders exited the vehicles and forced their way into two stores, a supermarket and a liquor store, using an angle grinder and tools.
The group stole tobacco, vape products and liquor from both stores, loading it into the vehicles before fleeing the scene as Police arrived.
Police signalled for the vehicles to stop, but they failed to do so and a brief pursuit was initiated. The fleeing drivers were last seen on Ruakura Rd.
Later that morning, at around 5.40am, Police received a report of a burglary at a motorcycle store on Te Rapa Straight, Hamilton.
‘At this stage, we do not believe this burglary relates to the Silverdale Road burglaries,’ said Detective Senior Sergeant Terri Wilson.
The glass frontage was smashed and a Mazda van – registration number ATR459 – was used to gain entry to the store.
Two people then entered the store, stealing a KTM motorcycle (model pictured below) before fleeing the scene.
The van was last seen heading west on Garnett Avenue.
‘Waikato Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information, or CCTV footage, that can assist with our enquiries into these incidents.’
Information can be provided to Police on 105 or online using Update My Report. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please reference file number 230908/7276 for Te Rapa Straight, 230908/6227 for the Silverdale Road liquor store and 230908/7284 for the Silverdale Road supermarket.