The Police in South Auckland, New Zealand are currently investigating a case of mass robbery after about 100 vehicles were stolen from a car rental yard.
Police say they were tipped off to the large-scale theft after multiple, suspicious vehicles failed to stop for officers.
Further inquiries showed the vehicles were registered to Jucy Rentals.
“A number” of vehicles have since been found at Ōtara, Māngere and Papatoetoe addresses, a police spokesman said.
Jucy Rentals chief executive Tim Alpe said he was devastated by the theft, which could not have come at a worse time for the company.
“The stolen vehicles would have been used by a range of Kiwis who were returning to work as the country moved to level 2,” he said.
“At Jucy, we have about two-and-a-half thousand vehicles across New Zealand – cars and campervans, so it’s a significant number that has been taken from us.”
At least 35 of the stolen vehicles had been recovered by police as of Monday afternoon, he said.
Staff were checking their stock of rentals across the company’s multiple sites so see if any more were missing.