Thieves, including a 14 year old, ram raid sports store before police chase

Police are still trying to locate the two offenders who robbed the Stirling Sports at 1am on Friday.
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Police are still trying to locate the two offenders who robbed the Stirling Sports at 1am on Friday.

A pair of youths allegedly ram-raided Stirling Sports in Cambridge before being chased by police.

They were caught and arrested near Rotorua. 

A 14-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl ram-raided the store in a stolen Mazda Demio, stealing clothing in the early hours of Friday, acting tactical crime unit Detective Sergeant Paul Slater said.

Stirling Sports was cordoned off at daybreak on Friday.
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Stirling Sports was cordoned off at daybreak on Friday.

The 14-year-old boy was driving the car, which was stolen in Hamilton, and reversed into the Victoria Street shop, smashing through the front around 1am.

Police chased the pair and they were caught just short of Rotorua. Both were charged with unlawful taking and burglary. 

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They appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Friday.

At the same time, another Mazda Demio was stolen in Hamilton and the car was later found by police abandoned back in Hamilton.

Police are still seeking the occupants of the second stolen Mazda Demio and are asking for any sightings.

There have been quite a few burglary ram-raids in the Waikato over the past six months, Slater said.

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He said ram-raids are always a concern for police and they had certainly seen an increase.

Last August, the Stirling Sports shop was raided in the early hours after a car mounted the footpath and was driven into the main sliding door, causing it to pop open.

Thieves then removed about $3000 worth of clothing.

That same night, police believe the same group of thieves undertook a series of raids, taking clothing and cigarettes from two other Waikato premises. 

Another Stirling Sports was ram-raided by a group of youths in late February.

In mid-January, there were seven ram-raids in three days in the Waikato. 

 - Stuff

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