Thief steals hundreds of thousands dollars worth of jewellery in Auckland
A thief has made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of 22 karat gold jewellery after a robbery in Lynn Mall in west Auckland.
The thief entered the Lotus Gold Jewellery shop about 10.30am on Tuesday. He announced he had a weapon and told staff to get down on the floor, said Murray Broadmore, the store's national operations manager.
"He used a screwdriver to wrench open the jewellery cabinets, putting handfuls of necklaces, bangles and bracelets into his bag," Broadmore said.
Within five minutes the thief had left the store. As he fled he was tackled by a bystander and again by a security guard, who managed to recover about $50,000 worth of jewellery.
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However, a stock take revealed the man had managed to get away with $200,000 worth of distinctive Indian gold jewellery.
"Staff were obviously very shaken up, it's a very frightening situation," Broadmore said, and adding he was thankful there was no injuries.
He said it wasn't clear what the weapon was because it was wrapped in cloth.
Lotus Gold Jewellery shop has released security footage of the incident, featuring a man Broadmore said appeared to be of Maori or Polynesian descent wearing a back short-sleeved hoodie over a white long-sleeved shirt.
"We want to do every thing we can help catch this ratbag," Broadmore said
Broadmore was urging gold buyers to take extra precautions with people trying to sell the unique 22 karat gold indian jewellery.
Police were investigating and believed the same man tried to break into a jewellery stand at Warehouse in New Lynn on Sunday night.
"The alarm went off though and he ran away empty-handed," a police Facebook post says.
"We seek [members of the public] assistance in helping identify the offender and get him arrested as soon as possible before he targets anyone else," store manager Pravin Kumar said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Waitakere CIB on 09 837 9511. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111