Police in Ngongotahā Four Square on Tuesday morning. Photo / Andrew Warner
A store in Ngongotahā was raided this morning, delinquents taking off with cigarettes, scratchings and alcohol.
Crystal Plummer, owner of Ngongotahā Four Square, said their alarm went off around 5:30 a.m.
“We came to see that the store had been broken into. What was taken were cigarettes, scuffed tickets and alcohol.”
The front door has been cleared and the store is now operating normally, she said.
Plummer and her husband Grant have been part of the Ngongotahā community for four and a half years.
“This community has been amazing. They have already supported us so much.
“It’s their store. It’s important to us that they see it as their store,” Plummer said.
The store received a wave of support on social media after the incident.
“I am so sorry that this has happened, you are really appreciated in our community”, commented one of them.
Another said: “I’m sorry to hear that! You are amazing and deserve so much better. I think of you all.”
A police spokesperson said police were called to Ngongotahā Four Square at around 6:24 a.m.
“Police were called in to a robbery of a business premises in Ngongotahā. The violators used a vehicle to access the store,” the spokesperson said.
The attackers then left the scene.
Police said investigations were underway.