The robbery of a Tuakau pizzeria filmed by a security camera

Thieves break into the Tuakau pizzeria in what the owner describes as a brazen robbery. Video / Provided

Security cameras captured the moment thieves smashed the glass entrance to a Waikato pizzeria before searching for cash.

The thieves also hit two nearby takeaway shops, taking cash and soft drinks.

Tuakau Pizza manager Sukhdev Dharmshot said the “shocking” burglaries were “scary” for the normally sleepy Tuakau.

Two men can be seen brandishing a tire wrench outside the front window of Tuakau Pizza – located on Dominion Rd, Tuakau, near Pōkeno and 55km south of Auckland city – before kicking the rest broken glass and to enter.

One of the men quickly rips the cash from the store and rushes outside with it.

The duo also raid the beverage fridge, taking out cartons of soft drinks.

Sushi Magic and nearby Thai Shack were also run over and entered.

Fortunately, the thieves got away with some valuables from Tuakau Pizza as the team emptied the cash register every night, Dharmshot said.

“I don’t know what they expected,” he said.

“What they’re gonna get from there, just the drinks and a few coins.”

Inside the store after the thieves broke in.  Photo / Provided
Inside the store after the thieves broke in. Photo / Provided

Thieves left broken cash registers outside.  Photo / Provided
Thieves left broken cash registers outside. Photo / Provided

He said he had never experienced problems like this in the previous nine years he had worked in the area.

However, in recent weeks there has been a spate of burglaries in the Tuakau area, Dharmshot said.

This had frightened his staff, especially since they worked late at night and some were women, he said.

“We find it very difficult because we no longer feel safe here,” he said.

Dharmshot said the men broke in around 3am today. Police were not called until later that morning when the break-ins were discovered.

A police spokeswoman said officers were called shortly before 7 a.m. following a report of burglaries at three premises on Dominion Rd.

“Stores were seized and items were taken,” she said.

“The police are investigating”

The thieves broke the windows of Tuakau Pizza but got away with some valuables.  Photo / Provided
The thieves broke the windows of Tuakau Pizza but got away with some valuables. Photo / Provided

Police are investigating the brazen nighttime burglary of three takeaway shops in South Auckland.  Photo / Provided
Police are investigating the brazen nighttime burglary of three takeaway shops in South Auckland. Photo / Provided

Dharmshot said the store was surrounded by neighboring houses, so it was surprising no one heard of the break-ins at the time.

However, this may have been because the residents were away for the school holidays.

He said he understood a stolen Nissan sedan had been abandoned by the thieves outside the store.

The car apparently belonged to a Tuakau resident and had only been stolen minutes earlier, with the thieves using it to get to the scene, Dharmshot had heard.

Cash registers and damaged boxes were also left outside stores, he said.