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Onehunga jewellery shop smash and grab: Two teenagers arrested after dramatic police chase

“We received a report that two individuals armed with hammers entered the store and began smashing cabinets.

“They then fled the store and it is not known at this stage what may have been taken.”

Senior Sergeant Scott Armstrong, a detective with Auckland City Crime Branch, said a “large quantity of jewellery was stolen”.

Armstrong said as the pair fled they were tracked by a police helicopter.

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Onehunga Jewellers in Auckland fell victim to brazen thugs armed with hammers in an afternoon raid. Photo / Jason Dorday.

The Eagle followed the vehicle as it drove away from Papakura through Manurewa and on to Roscommon Rd, Wiri, where police first attempted to stop it.

Armstrong said they did not initially try to pursue the vehicle.

The fleeing car collided with another car while traveling toward Southwestern Highway.

Armstrong said no one was injured in the collision.

Armstrong said that as they tried to enter the highway, police first deployed spike strips.

“Eagle continued to observe the vehicle’s erratic driving on the highway,

The vehicle changed direction and headed south before exiting onto Massey Rd.

The vehicle travelled at high speed towards the Mt Wellington Highway where a second collision occurred.

Police pursued the vehicle on the South East Highway at Pakuranga.

The pursuit only ended when the vehicle hit barriers at the intersection of Ti Rakau Drive and Reeves Rd.

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The alleged perpetrators attempted to hijack another vehicle but were detained by police.

“The vehicle was driven extremely dangerously throughout the incident and fortunately no passers-by were injured.”

The 17-year-old was charged with robbery with violence, dangerous driving, failing to stop and two counts of illegal taking of a motor vehicle.

Linked to attempted robbery of Mt Albert sports bar

Police said a 17-year-old has also been charged in connection with the attempted robbery of a sports bar in Mt Albert on June 22.

Mt Albert Sports Bar and Gaming Lounge in Mt Albert. Photo / Dean Purcell

A businessman living in a neighbouring bar on New North Rd. said one of the attackers was armed with a knife and the other with a hammer.

As a result of an attack on a bar employee, he suffered a cut wound to his neck.

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“He said some customers tried to stop them but were seriously injured.”

The neighbor said nothing was stolen from the bar after the three patrons resisted.

During the attempted robbery, three people were injured, one of them seriously.

A 15-year-old was also arrested and charged with robbery with violence and two counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

“Police are appalled by the level of violence used in these types of incidents,” Armstrong said.

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