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Four charged over Hamilton ram raids

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/01/2017

Four people have been charged over a series of seven ram raid style burglaries across Hamilton.

The seven burglaries were carried out over three days this week by what police described as a "motivated group of offenders".

The four men allegedly used a stolen vehicles to drive into shop fronts, targeting commercial shops in the Hamilton City area.

A stolen vehicle that was used in the ram raid burglaries was located on Wednesday and two men were arrested.

Police say items stolen in the raid were recovered during searches of homes linked to the men.

Another man was arrested when police identified him driving a car allegedly used in one of the robberies.

They say the man tried to evade officers and rammed a police car before road spikes were laid on Cobham Drive.

As the driver was arrested two passengers ran from the car.

One was arrested and the other remains on the run.

The four men are expected to face Hamilton District Court on Thursday.

Police have recommend business owners take action to prevent these types of burglaries, including place bollards at the front of shops and removing or securing valuable stock when the shop is closed.

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