A ramraid for onesies – Baby clothes burglary triggers theft-on-command warning

Product-savvy ramraiders are increasingly flying to order, possibly including for moms-to-be, says a retail leader.

Hamilton’s recent targets include a baby clothing and accessories store and a fashion boutique.

Little Mash Boutique on Barton St in central Hamilton was raided first thing in the morning on Tuesday morning.

A police spokesman said a vehicle entered a building around 12:50 p.m.

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“Two offenders entered the premises and left with items from the store.”

Three racks of children’s clothes and a crate were stolen. Owner Renata Lardelli said the store could have been targeted because one of the attackers may have been expecting a baby.

Lardelli was informed of the burglary at 1:30 a.m. when police arrived at her home, after which she descended on the store she has owned for almost four years with its owner.

” We cleaned. I actually hired a security guard to stay here because I needed to get home to my family, and I was too cowardly to stay here. So I hired a security guard and came back at 8am, but I didn’t get much sleep.

Renata Lardelli claimed thousands of dollars worth of product in a Tuesday morning raid.

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Renata Lardelli claimed thousands of dollars worth of product in a Tuesday morning raid.

Lardelli had not completed the inventory but believes he stole a few thousand dollars worth of stock.

She was aware that raids were happening, but never thought she would become a target.

The store has cameras in store but has unfortunately been disconnected.

“I think when we were vacuuming someone pulled out the camera plug instead of the lamp plug. But there were cameras outside.

She said the storefront will be closed until it can be repaired, but she doesn’t want to spend too much on improving other preventative measures.

“I’m probably not going to spend $30,000 to install bollards, we have the cameras and it doesn’t matter, there’s CCTV cameras right outside the door, and it doesn’t matter for them.”

Lardelli said she felt frustrated but not angry.

“They’re just kids. I feel really bad for them. It’s not the right thing to do, but also how can you be mad at 14-year-olds or whatever, in what kind of situation they are in to make choices like that.

Sisters on London was raided in Hamilton on Sunday morning by a man with over $30,000 in stolen goods.

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Sisters on London was raided in Hamilton on Sunday morning by a man with over $30,000 in stolen goods.

This comes from the back of the Sisters women’s clothing store in London, just around the corner, after it was raided early on Sunday morning.

A police spokesman said a vehicle was driven into a building on London Street at 4.20am.

The owner, Le Rogers, said the man, possibly in his 30s, only needed five minutes to take away more than $30,000 worth of clothes, wallets and jewelry.

“They targeted high-end products, but also missed a lot of high-end products.”

Rogers said CCTV captured the offender that police had, as well as the car he was using.

“It’s pretty disgusting, like retail isn’t hard enough without people coming in and breaking and grabbing. Being in retail isn’t easy right now.”

Retail NZ chief executive Greg Harford said oder raids were increasing (file photo)

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Retail NZ chief executive Greg Harford said oder raids were increasing (file photo)

She also faces the prospect of not having a storefront for a few months.

Retail New Zealand CEO Greg Harford said that while there are random ramraids, there is an increase in ramraids being made to order.

“People target specific assets. High value goods of any description suitable for resale. It’s a terrible situation because anyone in the retail industry is exposed to this kind of behavior.

Harford said it was a tough time for many retail businesses without the stress of raids.

“The reality is the economy is not good, customers are not spending, you have much higher costs for business owners to manage.

“We really need this kind of behavior like the proverbial hole in the head. It’s the last thing anyone wants, and it hurts the mental well-being of business owners and those working in retail.

Operation Pryor, launched in February in the Waikato district, has resulted in 216 arrests and the filing of 829 charges to date.

Senior Detective Sergeant Andy Saunders said Waikato Police recognize the impact of retail crime on business owners and staff and take reports of ram raids very seriously.

“When it comes to property, there is no set commodity that offenders are targeting and this is likely due to the number of different offender groups.”

Anyone with information about the two incidents should contact the police via 105 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 and for Little Mash Boutique citation file number 220809/0502. And for Sisters on London, the file number is 220807/4424.


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