Three teenagers behind a gas station robbery that left a worker injured in Tauranga fled over the Kaimai Ranges where they were nabbed by police.
Cigarettes and a cash register were taken in the robbery of the Caltex Service Station in Tauriko at 6.48am on Thursday. The trio drove a stolen silver Mazda into the forecourt of the gas station on SH29 and ran inside, demanding cash and cigarettes. One of the offenders assaulted the attendant who has suffered moderate injuries.
After grabbing cigarettes and cash the trio jumped back in the vehicle and sped off south along the Kamai Ranges. Just after 8am the stolen car broke down outside the Hinuera School entrance near Matamata. All three abandoned the car and started to run, Detective Sergeant Stephen Ambler, Eastern Waikato police manager of criminal investigations said. One went through the school grounds, prompting the school to go into lockdown for a short time. A police dog unit tracked the man who was found inside the Hinuera Rugby Club after breaking in. Ambler said the man had changed his pants and top into clothes he found inside the club. Two men, aged 16 and 19, were arrested along with a 19-year-old woman and would face charges.