A man has been taken into custody following a failed smash-and-grab attempt at Michael Hill Jewellers at Silverdale Mall – the second incident involving the retailer in as many days.
Police said the 20-year-old was armed with a hammer, and left the store after the fog cannon was activated.
“He left the scene in a vehicle continuing to the Northern motorway where the vehicle was stopped north of the Lonely Track Road Overbridge,” a spokesperson said.
Silverdale Mall was evacuated as a result of the robbery.
A Michael Hill spokesperson said that a single offender entered the Silverdale store in an attempted smash-and-grab but was “unable to penetrate” the armoured glass displays.
“Fog cannons were also activated.”
Police and Silverdale Mall have been contacted by 1News for comment.
It comes just one day after another Michael Hill store at Mt Maunganui’s Bayfair Shopping Centre was the subject of a brazen daylight robbery.
Police said they were called to the shopping mall around 3pm on Saturday.
“The offenders left in a vehicle, which was located abandoned on Alverstoke St around 3.10pm.
“Inquiries are ongoing to locate those involved.”
The same Bayfair Michael Hill store was targeted twice last year in separate robberies.
Michael Hill CEO Daniel Bracken said in a statement last night, following the Bayfair smash-and-grab, that security and safeguarding measures remain integral across New Zealand stores.
“We have continued to review our security measures to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect our team and customers,” he said.
Bracken said continued offending has prompted the retailer to roll out assault glass across its stores as an added security measure.
“This anti-bandit armoured glass can withstand repeated heavy blows, making it near-impossible to penetrate.
“It’s incredibly disturbing to see these incidents continue, and as such, the implementation of assault glass across all stores remains a priority.”