Police chase after cars stolen, people robbed
A night of mayhem on Auckland's North Shore saw an armed man allegedly steal two cars, commit three aggravated robberies and lead police on a high-speed chase into the city.
The series of incidents ended when a stolen car crashed at the intersection of Nelson and Fanshawe Streets in central Auckland. The two occupants of the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police said they were called by a member of the public about 11pm Sunday, about occupants of a car in Devonport acting suspiciously. Police checks showed the car had been reported stolen.
Soon afterwards, police received a report of an aggravated robbery of a person walking in a cemetery, near to where the stolen car had been seen. The victim had been assaulted and items were stolen.
Police found the vehicle, with four people inside. The occupants said the driver had fled and was armed with a firearm and a knife, police said.
At 11.45pm police received a report another person had been assaulted with a weapon nearby in Devonport and the offender had allegedly stolen the victim's car.
Fifteen minutes later an aggravated robbery was reported at the Glenfield McDonald's, where two offenders stole a handbag and fled in a vehicle that matched the description of the second stolen car.
Police said they tried to stop the car at the intersection of the Albany Highway and the Upper Harbour Highway.
At 12.35am, police began a pursuit. They said the stolen vehicle continued to flee and drove at high speeds along the motorway towards Auckland city. It crashed at the intersection of Fanshawe and Nelson Streets.
The two occupants were both male and believed to be around 18-20 years old police said.
The four people from the first car were helping police with inquiries.
Police said the injuries the victims of the three aggravated robberies received were not known but none was believed to have been seriously hurt.
The CIB was investigating and was being helped by the serious crash unit, and police said the Independent Police Conduct Authority would also be advised.