Five teens arrested after night of crime in Auckland

  • 12/12/2023
Auckland City Police have taken five people into custody.
Auckland City Police have taken five people into custody. Photo credit: Getty Images

Five teenagers, including one as young as 12 years old, have been arrested and more are believed to be on the run after a burglary in Auckland.

Police were called to a reported burglary at a commercial address on Chancery Street around 1:25am Tuesday.

"Police responded to reports of the break-in when an alarm was activated when a group entered the premises by breaking the front window," Inspector Grant Tetzlaff said.

"Those involved have taken property from the address before leaving the scene in two vehicles."

A short time later, police, with assistance from the Eagle helicopter, found the vehicle speeding on the Southern Motorway towards Clendon.

The vehicle was later found abandoned on De Bloge Place and towed for forensic investigation.

Meanwhile, the second vehicle was also monitored as it travelled on the Southern Motorway towards Manukau.

Insp Tetzlaff said the vehicle was stopped by police on Cavendish Drive where five people were taken into custody. 

A significant amount of stolen property was recovered from the vehicle.

Five people, aged between 12 and 17, were referred to Youth Aid.

"This morning's arrests are another example of police continuing to hold offenders to account for offending taking place in our communities," Insp Tetzlaff said.

"This brazen offending being inflicted on our community is unacceptable and those who choose to engage can expect to be held to account."

An investigation is underway to locate three others believed to be involved.