Second time unlucky as thieves hit Fallenfront again

Thieves have ram raided local Raglan store Fallenfront again in a little over a month.

The Wainui Rd store was targeted in the early hours of the morning last Thursday and owner Steve Crowhurst says over $10,000 worth of stock was stolen.

Bearing similarities to a previous incident at the store on Waitangi Day, where thieves stole around $4000 worth of clothing, Steve says there is no evidence at this stage to link the two burglaries.

Police arrested a 16-year-old man and charged him with burglary in the February incident.

In the latest incident, the offenders driving a white Nissan or Honda model sedan smashed through the front doors to gain access to the store.

Security cameras captured three to four offenders fleeing in a vehicle with damage to a tail light and missing a front left hubcap.

Steve says he is grateful to the local community who have rallied around to offer support.

“I’m really thankful for the locals’ support, just popping in to say hi or purchasing something from our sale.”

Steve hopes to recoup some of the losses in the three-day sale held over the weekend and says he’s not looking forward to phoning the insurance company.

Some members of the community have also stepped up and helped Steve pay for and install metal bollards to the front of the store.

Anyone with information can call Hamilton police on 07 858 6200, or anonymously phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Janine Jackson