Caltex petrol station in Manurewa, Auckland targeted by thieves

A petrol station in Auckland's Manurewa has been robbed, with a group of offenders smashing through a glass window to access the store. 

The Weymouth Road robbery is the latest in a string of Auckland petrol station break-ins over recent weeks.  

Police received reports just after 2am on Sunday, after "multiple offenders had smashed through a window to gain entry to the premises".  

One person was working at the time of the robbery, with police saying it would've been a "distressing incident for the worker" who was uninjured.  

Police urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers or 105, quoting file number 240310/9889.   

It comes as police increased their presence around petrol stations after a spate of robberies in the Auckland region.   

Six break-ins targeting petrol stations have happened across the city since last Sunday - two aggravated robberies in Western Springs and Green Bay, and burglaries in Papatoetoe, Glen Eden and Remuera.  

Four of the targeted stations have been Caltex-branded.  

Owner and operator of 11 Caltex stations Sanjai Bagia told Newshub last week the "trends are worsening" and fears for the safety of retail businesses.  

One of his stores was targeted by a group of nine offenders, with one man cornering the worker in the back room with a hammer, after the fog cannon was set off.  

"It's very worrying for businesses like ours, they are mostly family-owned businesses and we can't afford to face this kind of hit," Bagia said at the time.  

"It is painful and stressful not only for us as owners but for staff and customers too."