Po­lice seek pair af­ter rob­bers tar­get dairy


Armed rob­bers lunged with a knife to­wards a Porirua dairy owner, then ran off with cig­a­rettes and cash.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Carl O’Donnell, of Porirua, said two of­fend­ers threat­ened the mar­ried cou­ple, who have run the War­spite Dairy and Takeaways shop at As­cot Park for 18 years, be­fore mak­ing off with pack­ets of cig­a­rettes and the cash reg­is­ter about 7.45pm on Mon­day, Septem­ber 18.

‘‘The first of­fender moved quickly from the en­trance to around the back of the counter, point­ing a large knife at the fe­male owner be­hind the till,’’ O’Donnell said.

Se­cu­rity footage showed her hus­band, who was work­ing in the at­tached take­away shop, came around to help her but was cut off.

‘‘He was stopped by the first of­fender, who lunged at him with the knife as if he was go­ing to stab him.’’

The first of­fender, de­scribed as a Maori or Poly­ne­sian man of medium build about 1.70 me­tres tall, snatched a num­ber pack­ets of sev­eral well-known cig­a­rette brands from shelves be­hind the counter be­fore run­ning from the store.

Se­cu­rity footage showed the cou­ple stand­ing sep­a­rately, out of harm’s way, while the of­fend­ers snatched their goods.

The first one was wear­ing a black T-shirt over a grey hoodie, and had a black or dark blue and white check shirt wrapped around his face.

Un­der his hoodie, it looked as if he was wear­ing a white bas­ket­ball sin­glet such as those worn by some ma­jor United States NBA fran­chis­eses.

‘‘The sec­ond of­fender, who was also car­ry­ing a knife, moved quickly be­hind the counter, picked up the black Ca­sio cash reg­is­ter and walked out of the store with it.’’

The sec­ond of­fender was also de­scribed as be­ing a Maori or Poly­ne­sian man, but of slim build and about 1.75m tall.

He was wear­ing a black Puma hoodie, with the hood tied tight around his face, and pos­si­bly a blue and white sin­glet un­der­neath.

The cou­ple were not phys­i­cally in­jured in the at­tack, which lasted less than a minute.

‘‘If any­one recog­nises th­ese of­fend­ers or any of the cloth­ing worn by them or the where­abouts of the black Ca­sio cash reg­is­ter, [which] has not been re­cov­ered, please con­tact the of­fi­cer.’’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Porirua Po­lice Sta­tion on 04 238 1400 or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.


Po­lice need help iden­ti­fy­ing the peo­ple in this footage from a rob­bery at the War­spite Dairy and Take­away shop.

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