Jeweller Geoff Morris was shaken, but not stirred after his Millwater shop The Goldsmith was ram-raided and broken into in the early hours of Tuesday, March 23.
Even though the windows and front wall of the Millwater Parkway store were virtually demolished, he was still open for business the next day and serving customers as normal.
Four raiders smashed into the shopfront in a stolen car just after 2am and broke into a display cabinet, but they only escaped with a small amount of inexpensive silver jewellery, since anything valuable is always locked in a safe overnight.
Geoff’s partner, Kathy Malcolm, said although the raid was a nasty shock, as soon as the shop was cleaned up and secured, the jeweller got straight back to work that morning.
She said the raid had been caught on camera, not just from CCTV in The Goldsmith and neighbouring shops, but by neighbours living in apartments above who were woken by the noise.
“In just two minutes they managed to do all that damage to the front, a small amount of damage inside and steal a tiny bit of jewellery,” she said.
The raiders made off in a second getaway vehicle, which had also been stolen.
Kathy and Geoff were full of praise for the police, their security firm and an Auckland glazier, who were all quickly on the scene.
“The police were great, they were here straight away and they’ve since done some forensics,” Kathy said. “And our security company organised some glass people to come in immediately and it was all cleaned up and secured by 5am.”
But their biggest thanks went to the Hibiscus Coast community, following an outpouring of support when details of the raid were shared on social media.
“We’ve had more than 150 comments, people just showing their support and love for Geoff, it’s just been amazing,” Kathy said. “It helps hugely. Our biggest emphasis is to thank everyone for their support.”
Geoff Morris has been a jeweller for 48 years, starting in Tauranga before moving to the Coast nine years ago. This is only the second time he has been the target of criminals – in 2016, two would-be robbers went into his Ōrewa shop and demanded cash, but he forced them outside and they ran off.
Geoff moved his shop to Millwater five years ago.