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Five teenagers have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a se­ri­ous crime spree across Auck­land over the past two months. De­tec­tive se­nior sergeant Scott Arm­strong says the crimes started in mid-July with a num­ber of ag­gra­vated rob­beries, bur­glar­ies and ram­raids at ser­vice sta­tions, liquor stores and jew­ellery stores that ap­peared to be linked. Po­lice launched Op­er­a­tion Sol which led to the ar­rests of four peo­ple aged 17 and 18 and a re­fer­ral to Youth Aid Ser­vices for a 15 year old. Arm­strong says Op­er­a­tion Sol was a co-or­di­nated ap­proach to se­ri­ous crime across a large area, in­clud­ing teams as far away as Hamil­ton. ’’These vi­o­lent crimes can cause sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial loss and sub­stan­tial in­con­ve­nience for our com­mu­ni­ties and the of­fend­ers’ ac­tions have a rip­ple ef­fect that flows onto the own­ers of ve­hi­cles that are of­ten stolen to fa­cil­i­tate these crimes. They need to be stopped and held ac­count­able for their ac­tions,’’ Arm­strong says.

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