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Hunting and fishing on Gray Street in Palmerston North is closed while management cleans up extensive damage.
Hunting and Fishing staff in Palmerston North clean up their store after a stolen vehicle was used to ram into the store overnight.
Police Detective Carl Newton said the incident at the Gray Street premises happened shortly before 4am and involved several people.
A silver 2003 Mazda Altenza used in the ram raid had been reported stolen from police on February 25. The thieves managed to steer the car through both sets of external and internal front glass doors, driving 40 meters into the store.
The store was expected to remain closed for nearly a week due to extensive property and inventory damage.
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Game and fish owner Simon O’Connor said the amount of stock taken did not match the amount of damage done to the store.
“What they took versus the damage they caused is unmatched.
“However, the biggest issue is that we are going to have to be closed for at least a few days so that we can secure the store and provide health and safety to a point where it is safe for our staff and customers.
O’Connor said the ram raid added to difficult times under Covid-19 restrictions.
“I thought it would be Covid shutting us down for a few days if we had to shut down, but then you get that, it gross me out.”
He said he was relieved that no one was hurt.
The ram raid is the latest in a series of similar incidents, with Black Bull Fitzherbert Avenue and The Foam and Rubber Store, located just yards from Hunting and Fishing on Gray Street, both victims of raids of Aries within days of each other earlier this month. .
Newton said police could assure the public they were not looking for firearms after the incident, but he was unable to reveal what was taken from the store as an investigation was ongoing. Classes.
“We are working with witnesses and CCTV footage to help us with our investigations.”