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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.

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