STAFF member Ethan Irving stands next to his vehicle, which was also broken into. Photos Sven Carlsson OS0120-02

TWELVE customer cars have been damaged at Eastern Bay Motors, following a break-in on Saturday night.

Damage included broken car windows and the meddling with car ignitions. Glove boxes had been rummaged through.

Workshop manager Katie Levai said the police investigated the scene but had not yet been in touch with any findings.

She said this was not the first break-in, with another car damaged in a similar event about a week ago.

That car had been on-site for wrecking. She said getting away with the break-in could have made the robbers bolder, leading to this second event.

Mrs Levai said alcohol was believed to have been involved, as cans and bottles were discovered around the property afterwards.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz