Rob­bery ends in back­yard chase

North Waikato News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JO LINES-MACKEN­ZIE

A Horotiu house­hold had a rude awak­en­ing in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing as po­lice nabbed two peo­ple wanted for a dra­matic petrol sta­tion rob­bery.

A woman, who asked not to be named, was wo­ken by po­lice who ap­pre­hend­ing two al­leged of­fend­ers on her prop­erty af­ter 4am.

The pair are be­lieved to be part of the a group of peo­ple who used base­ball bats to smash into a Huntly Z petrol sta­tion.

Po­lice were called af­ter a num­ber of peo­ple forced their way into the Great South Road fa­cil­ity at 3.17am.

A staff mem­ber locked them­selves in the safe room. They were un­in­jured in the in­ci­dent, a po­lice spokes­woman said.

The of­fend­ers stole cig­a­rettes be­fore flee­ing in two ve­hi­cles.

Po­lice lo­cated one ve­hi­cle near Horotiu where the oc­cu­pants fled on foot.

Po­lice of­fi­cers and a dog unit caught five of the al­leged of­fend­ers said the po­lice spokes­woman.

She said that they be­lieved the group had tried to break into an­other ser­vice sta­tion in Horotiu be­fore they smashed their way into the Huntly sta­tion.

They dam­aged a win­dow at Horotiu but they were un­suc­cess­ful in get­ting into the build­ing just be­fore 3am.

The res­i­dent said that she heard peo­ple shout­ing and she thought that some­one was hav­ing an ar­gu­ment in the street.

‘‘I said to my hus­band what is go­ing on out there and he’s braver than me so got up and had a look,’’ she said.

They were told by po­lice that they had just ap­pre­hended a cou­ple of guys on their prop­erty.

‘‘The guy that they had, said ‘oh please miss’. Like do you se­ri­ously think I am­go­ing to come out and res­cue you?’’ She said that at an­other prop­erty po­lice found one of the of­fend­ers hid­ing out in a garage.

‘‘It was a lit­tle bit scary not know­ing how many peo­ple were still there or were they lurk­ing around in the bushes in the gar­den.’’ The al­leged of­fend­ers were taken in for in­ter­view­ing.

The Huntly Z sta­tion was closed on Mon­day fol­low­ing a rob­bery.

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