Thieves ram-raid boutique fashion store

FLORENCE KERR
Last updated 09:59 03/03/2014
Sisters on London
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THE DAMAGE: The front-store window of boutique clothing store Sisters on London boarded up after what police believe to be ram-raid.

Sisters on London
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Sisters on London co-owner Julie Barbour says things could have been worse.

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Half a mannequin has gone missing and a number of fashionable clothes after a ram-raid on a high-end fashion store in Hamilton early this morning.

Sisters on London owner Julie Barbour said the occupants of a vehicle that rammed into the window display stole about $3,000 worth of stock which included new season denim, knits and the torso of a mannequin. 

''I guess it could have been worse,'' Ms Barbour told the Waikato Times as she was cleaning the store. 

The alarm went off at 4.48am, and within minutes, Ms Barbour, who has owned the store with her sister for six years had arrived to find the shop in a mess. 

Manager of Columbus Coffee, on the corner of Victoria and London Sts, said when she arrived at work at 5.30am she saw people sweeping, but didn't think it was anything of significance. 

District shift manager, Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly, said they were currently working to obtain CCTV footage of the area to establish just what has occurred.

But it appears a vehicle or heavy machinery has been used to smash a large front store window, he said.

Mr O'Reilly said anyone who was in the area who saw anything untoward in the area to contact the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200. 

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