A gang of youths are "terrorising" a Northland town, with new footage showing youngsters hurling rocks at a service station early in the morning.
Police confirmed a group of teens aged between 14-16 took boxes of beer from a Kaikohe liquor store on St Patrick's Day.
Then at 1am Saturday a gang of about 20 attacked the doors of the Mobil service station, attempting to break-in.
"The alarm went off when they tried to gain access to the service station and the group left the premises," sergeant Kevin Milne said.
No one was in the service station at the time of the attack and one of the youths had been identified and referred to Youth Aid.
"Police are making inquiries to identify the other people in the group," he said.
On RNZ today, Tony Taylor of Kaikohe Community Watch said the locals were, "wondering what the hell is going on".
"It's getting to a point where everybody has had a total guts full," Mr Taylor said.
"We've got gangs of youths, and I'm talking 12-13-year-olds upwards, just terrorising everything."
Mr Taylor said the young gang were stealing cars, breaking into people's properties and "running riot".
It would cost about $1,000 to repair the door, but what he hoped was the families to be having "some confronting conversations around the dinner table" with their children.
It came down to their parents, and the lack of police in the area, Mr Taylor said.
"The biggest problem is they have to cover a big area with less staff."
Mid-Far North Area Commander inspector Alan Symonds said Northland police have been "busy managing a number of investigations this year".
"This has been recognised and additional investigative staff have been added to the Northland Police District staffing for the 2016/17 year."
"These extra staff will provide additional support and cover for existing staff and will support a focus on preventing and investigating volume crime types, such as car theft and burglary," he said.