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New Zealand shop owner said he is living in a ‘third world country’ after robberies

Shop owner calls New Zealand ‘third world country’ after third ram raid in as many months that took more than three hours for agents to respond

  • A shop owner in New Zealand said he felt like living in a ‘third world country’
  • Jas Sandhu Four Square grocer has been robbed three times in the past 90 days
  • It took police more than three hours to respond to Saturday’s latest robbery
  • He thinks the alcohol thieves were responsible for another robbery on Saturday

A supermarket owner has called New Zealand a ‘third world country’ after his store was robbed three times in just 90 days.

Jas Sandhu said he was ready to sell the Four Square corner store he’s owned for nearly 20 years in Huntley, 92km south of Auckland, after police took more than three hours to respond to a burglary last Saturday.

Mr Sandhu said the four thieves used a supposedly stolen ute to ram into his shop roller door four times before breaking in at 6:20 am.

The hooded men immediately went to the store’s heavy cigarette case and tried to use an angle grinder to gain entry.

When that failed, they went to Mr. Sandhu’s cold store and stole boxes of alcohol.

“They sat in the shop for five minutes. There is no fear,’ he told Things News

Mr Sandhu said he feels like living in a “third world country” because his shop is robbed so often, but police have failed to respond effectively.

Four Square (above) store owner Jas Sandhu said he felt like he was living in a

Four Square (above) store owner Jas Sandhu said he felt like he was living in a “third world country” after his store was robbed three times in just 90 days

He said he called the police about the robbery at 6am, but no one came until 9:30am.

“I asked for one agent. We didn’t feel safe here, we just wanted someone to walk us through the store to make sure no one was inside. The person on the phone said if I wait for the agent I’ll be there all day,” he said.

Mr Sandhu’s Four Square has security cameras, three on-site alarms – one of which is monitored by an outside security company – and a fog cannon.

The three robberies cost his company an estimated $70,000 in lost product and damage.

CCTV footage shows four hooded men (above) trying to break into Mr Sandhu's cigarette cabinet before stealing boxes of alcohol

CCTV footage shows four hooded men (above) trying to break into Mr Sandhu’s cigarette cabinet before stealing boxes of alcohol

He believes the same people committed two of the three recent robberies at his shop.

‘I feel insecure at the moment. I’ve helped the local food bank with nearly $10,000 worth of community food. We support our community, so we’re not just another company,” said Mr. Sandhu.

Waikato West Area Commander Inspector Will Loughrin told Stuff that an adult and two minors were arrested for a robbery at Mr Sandhu’s shop in March.

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