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?’’

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