Rob­bers take cig­gies

Hamilton Press - - CONVERSATIONS - AU­DREY MALONE

Six youths robbed a Hamil­ton dairy with a knife tak­ing cig­a­rettes, two or­anges and two fizzy drinks worth $1.50 each.

About 1pm on a Mon­day af­ter­noon, five boys ran in­side the Mar­don Road Food­mart, while a girl waited out­side.

One of the of­fend­ers was as young as 11-years-old, Se­nior Sergeant Dean An­der­son said.

Se­cu­rity footage showed one boy bran­dished a large knife, about 30cm long, at the two shop as­sis­tants.

He was wear­ing a grey hooded sweat­shirt, with the hood drawn tightly over his face, leav­ing only a small gap to see through.

The boys jumped over the counter, stole a few 50 gram bags of to­bacco and pack­ets of cig­a­rettes.

They ig­nored the till, and then jumped back over the counter, run­ning out the door.

One grabbed two pieces of cit­rus fruit on his way out. The boy with the knife was the last to leave the store, and grabbed two of the cheap­est fizzy drinks in the dairy as he de­parted.

The two shop as­sis­tants ran to the back of the store for safety and were un­in­jured.

Mar­don Road Food­mart man­ager Ronak Pa­tel was per­plexed by the boys’ de­ci­sion to take the two pieces of fruit and the drinks.

Although Pa­tel was un­sure of the amount of cig­a­rettes and to­bacco stolen, 50 gram bags of to­bacco re­tailed at $77 and he be­lieved it was eas­ily on-sold.

Most of the youths in­volved in the rob­bery were lo­cal chil­dren who were reg­u­lar cus­tomers to the store, he said.

Three of the of­fend­ers, aged 11, 13 and 16, had al­ready been ar­rested and three more were to be spo­ken too.

A group of Hamil­ton chil­dren and teenagers robbed a dairy for cig­gies, or­anges and cheap fizzy drinks.

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