An investigation is underway after it emerged the former Auckland Central Police Station on Vincent St had been burgled and sensitive documents stolen.
Police became aware of an apparent breach when police property was discovered when a search warrant was carried out at a Mt Albert address for an unrelated matter on Wednesday.
Officers located a number of documents and expired pepper spray at the address, Auckland City District Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said.
Police began further enquiries into this discovery, resulting in a 41-year-old man being located by police.
He has been spoken to and is now before the Auckland District Court charged with unlawful possession of a restricted weapon, burglary, and possession of instruments for burglary.
"This man had allegedly broken into the station on Vincent Street and stolen documents intended for destruction and expired pepper spray," said Supt Malthus.
"Police are in the early process of establishing exactly what documentation has been taken and who may be affected by the breach."
The Privacy Commissioner has been notified and police are liaising with the Commission and following guidelines in dealing with the situation.
Police say they are extremely disappointed that this has occurred.
"While our investigation remains in the early stages we are limited in further comment at this time," said Supt Malthus.