Thieves abandon loot in smash and grab
Two men have been arrested and more arrests are likely after an early morning smash and grab at an Eketahuna supermarket.
Pahiatua Sergeant Tony LeSueur said a stolen car was used in a ram-raid of the Eketahuna Four Square on Main St, where it was backed through the front display window about 2.30am yesterday.
Security footage shows the driver stayed in the car while another person filled the boot with alcohol.
The car was found abandoned about 10km away near the Anzac Bridge, with the stolen alcohol still in the boot, about an hour later.
The car, a silver 1996 Nissan Bluebird, was stolen from Pahiatua that night.
A 53-year-old Auckland man and his 22-year-old Porirua nephew were arrested last night in relation to the incident and were due to appear in Palmerston North District Court today.
Bail would be opposed, Mr LeSueur said. Police remained interested in hearing from anyone who saw the vehicle between 2am and 3.30am yesterday.
The car boot was open when it was found, but may have been tied down after the burglary, because the amount of alcohol in the boot prevented it from shutting properly. A rear window had been smashed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pahiatua police on 06 376 0130.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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