A West Auckland mini mart is the latest shop to be hit by ram-raiders overnight.
Police were called to the Whenuapai Mini Mart, on Brigham Creek Rd, shortly before 2am after reports of a ram raid incident.
A staff member told the Herald at the scene that three people had entered the store and went straight for the cigarette cabinet.
"All offenders were in dark clothing with face coverings," they said.
A police spokeswoman told the Herald a stolen vehicle was used and confirmed there were multiple offenders involved.
"The offenders have then fled the scene in a second stolen vehicle, which was found abandoned nearby," she said.
The shop's two front doors were badly damaged in the incident - with one of the doors being dented enough for those involved to duck inside.
Photos show glass and debris litter the front of the shop.
It appears the premises was saved from more serious damage by four bollards erected immediately outside the mini mart.
Police are making inquiries into the incident; including reviewing CCTV footage.
Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities immediately.
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