Police praise public for help
The four teens charged with aggravated robbery of the Waipapa BP service station have made their second appearance before the youth court.
The boys, all from Kaitaia, are also charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, after they allegedly pointed a paintball gun at staff members of the BP on August 27. A boy remains at large following the incident. A total of five boys were involved, two were aged 14, two aged 15 and the oldest boy was 16.
Detective Sergeant Sam Bindon says the teens involved had their first appearance before the Kaikohe Youth Court on August 28, three have since appeared before the Whangarei Youth Court, and the other teen appeared in Kaitaia.
While one was bailed to family, the other three boys were placed in the care of the Ministry of Vulnerable Children (Oranga Tamariki).
Around 3pm on the Sunday, the boys allegedly stole a black Mazda Familia from the Warehouse carpark in Waipapa, around 7pm they parked outside the BP and four of the boys entered the shop.
They pointed a paintball gun at staff, who locked themselves in a back room, before the boys fled with tobacco, the cash drawer and chocolate. Bindon praised the member of the public, who saw the incident at the BP station, before following the car they allegedly stole earlier, north along State Highway 10.
‘‘It was really good work by the member of the public...who followed the car until a police patrol vehicle arrived.’’
Bindon also praised the BP staff who were unharmed during the incident. ‘‘They are professionally trained and had an excellent security system which has helped to identify the people involved.’’
Acting Senior Sergeant Dylan Robinson says enquiries are also continuing into the armed robbery of the Kaikohe McDonald’s and no one has been arrested in relation to this incident. On August 23, three offenders entered the store by smashing the bottom pane of the front door with an axe. One was also armed with a gun the trio ordered staff to empty money into a bag before fleeing.
Contact Kaikohe Police with any information on 09 4052960, or to Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.