Shots are said to have been fired at police from a passing car after the youths were arrested following a late-night hit-and-run in Waikato.
The youths had broken into a house and stolen a car from people who were surprised in Gillard Road, following their last fight in Te Awamutu, and after their car caught fire as they left town.
After their car was stopped, a police dog unit caught the youth in the Bader St area of Hamilton.
But the police said they believe that the shots were fired in a light-colored car that was going to the security guards of the place where the youths were arrested. This statement has yet to be substantiated.
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Officers handling the incident did not return fire in Bader St because they did not have firearms at the time, Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird said.
All Waikato police officers now carry firearms.
And Shiri had strong words for the accused who are still on the run: “Stop – we are coming to get you”.
Police are providing assistance to homeowners whose homes were broken into and cars stolen.
“They are understandably shaken, and one has minor injuries.”
Shiri said those arrested so far are 15, 17, 18, and 19 years old and have gang ties.
“They are an organized crime group, pure and simple,” he said.
“These people are out of control. Their violence is increasing.”
At the moment there was no strong connection between this and the robbery at the Irvine St Dairy in Hamilton, where an employee had his finger and toe cut with a knife, he said.
Baseball bats were used in Cambridge on the guard’s car, Bird said.
The police previously said that it is believed that 10 young people are involved in the incidents and Shiri said that it is not known if they have guns.
Shiri said that he was annoyed by such an offense.
“After I saw this event on Saturday, it was not good. The man had his hands in the air and was hit with a machete. I don’t think anyone liked to see that.”
Earlier, one Hamilton showkeeper said he expected fraud to increase as Christmas numbers hit single digits and cleaning costs rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single business.
After spending the weekend hunting criminals who stole two fingers from a Frankton dairy worker, police spent Monday investigating two Waikato robberies and a commercial burglary – and announced they had arrested four “juveniles” by mid-afternoon.
A Hamilton bottle store is cleaning up an estimated $100,000 to $200,000 in damage after a fight Monday morning left the front of the store smashed in and a high-end beer bottle smashed. The Super Liquor on Sandwich Rd is expected to be closed for several busy days in the run-up to Christmas as a result.
The bottle store was hit by a car that burst through the metal gates on the road before crashing into the store’s door.
Ash Parmar, owner of other bottle shops in Ngaruawahia and Huntly which have been targeted recently, said the increasing threat of violence, as well as the number of robberies was alarming.
“I am worried that there will be more attacks like knife attacks. The milk worker didn’t do anything to stop them, if there was anyone he would just run to the back, but he was chased and seriously injured.”
Parmar warned authorities that crime is “starting big time” over the Christmas/New Year period.
“It was calm in November, which is probably consistent [what police say] some of the biggest offenders are put away for a few weeks. But when they are released, they gather quickly and leave again.”
Mr. Parmar said that because nothing can be done to stop young criminals, many crimes go unreported.
“I am not a police chief or a politician but Christmas and New Year are coming and some of the boys who have committed serious crimes should be rounded up and kept away from being explained.”
“But I don’t know how this system works.
“But traders are really scared of what else could happen, everyone is a sitting duck right now.”
What worries Parmar is the mental health of business owners.
“Without anyone talking about it at some point one of these dealers is going to hurt themselves. We all have our problems and all that [crime] he goes up. The government thinks we’re robots, but we have feelings, and emotions and things going on in our lives too. ”
During the Waikato attack incident police said there was a robbery at a shopping center in Bryant Road, St Andrews near Hamilton at 1.53am, before another at Noel Leeming in Cambridge at 3.49am.
Te Awamutu’s business on Sloane St was robbed at 4.31am.
The police are investigating whether the robbers are connected.
Stuff He also studied the burger restaurant Carl’s Junior on Greenwood St, in Hamilton which was demolished, along with Huntly KFC.
CCTV footage from a neighboring shop shows the car backing into Gun City several times.
The owner of Super Liquor, Rajni Sharma, is at a loss as to how the criminals can be stopped.
“We were robbed four weeks ago around 5pm-6pm. They went in and took cigarettes and a till, and now this.”
Sharma said he was scared, especially since Saturday’s heinous robbery happened when a shopkeeper was attacked with a knife, losing a finger and a toe.
“What’s next?” People lose jobs, limbs, lives, what’s next?
Usually Sharma gets into the Christmas spirit, instead it will take several days to clean up the mess left behind by the criminals – he said that’s if he can find vendors to do the work this time of year.
“This is one of our busiest weeks, we are trying to get orders done.”
Sharma also expects his insurance to increase, especially after a previous robbery in which thieves took about 150 cartons of cigarettes.
Manager Garry Sandhu has owned the store for 20 years and has never had such problems. Now he realizes that it has become worse.
“It seems like it was planned. They must have known the arrangement of the remaining bottles,” said Sandhu.
The police say that they are following the lines of investigation to find out what the criminals can do and to see if these cases are related.
Anyone with information that can help police can call 105 or online, using ‘Update My Report’ quoting incident number P052987416.
Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.