Police hunt for robbers
An Auckland dairy has been robbed again, just six months after staff members were brutally bashed by a gang of robbers who made off with cash and cigarettes.
On Monday night police were called to Crown Superette on Melrose Rd in Mt Roskill following an armed robbery.
A police spokesperson confirmed at least four people were believed to have fled the shop taking both tills and cigarettes. Police are still on the scene and making inquiries in the area to find the offenders. In the previous robbery, in March, a group of four males and two females entered the shop, two armed with a baseball bat and a crowbar.
The offenders attacked two shop keepers, causing serious injuries to one, before leaving with an unknown amount cash and cigarettes. Sunny Kaushal president of the Crime Prevention Group said the robbery is evidence of weakness in the judicial system.
‘‘The hardworking shopkeepers and workers in New Zealand shouldn’t have to live in fear.’’
He wants law and order authorities to consider the group’s recommendation for shop owners to have the right to defend themselves.
‘‘When shopowners try and protect themselves they get charged, if they don’t they get stabbed. What do they do?’’